Rochas Okorocha

Okorocha ties EFCC ‘arrests’ to government petitions against him

NEWS DIGEST – An assistant to Senator Rochas Okorocha has written to address reports in the media revealing that his principal was invited by the EFCC on Tuesday.

Okorocha is understood to have been arrested by the Economic Financial Crime Commission at about 4PM at his Unity House private office in Abuja, according to a Premium Times report.

The arrest came after Okorocha had repeatedly denied invitations by the EFCC to answer to several corruption allegations made against him.

Okorocha is being accused of money laundering, a crime he was said to have committed in his capacity as Imo State governor between 2011 and 2019.

Sam Onwuemeodo, who is the special adviser on Media to Senator Okorocha, says these invitations are due to government petitions written against him after he exited office.

“The EFCC investigated the petitions and has been in various courts of the land with Okorocha, to that effect,” Sam said.

Sam hinted that the new invitation could well be because a new Chairman had just taken control of the commission.

Sam added that the recent invitation spoken of in the media would not be the first time.

“At the end of the say, we would know whether the Commission will be withdrawing the cases in courts, or would continue with the cases already in courts,” Sam said.

Even as Okorocha is being reported to have refused to honour EFCC’s invitations, prompting his arrest today, Sam insists that Okorocha, “being a law abiding citizen,” was open to cooperate with the commission and let it do its job.