Senator Rochas Okorocha, former Governor of Imo State and Senator Representing Imo West Senatorial District, could spend more days in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, as the anti-corruption agency continues their investigation of the former Governor on allegations of graft during his tenure as Governor of Imo State.
Okorocha was apprehended by the anti-graft commission on Tuesday at his private office in Unity House, Abuja, after a four-hour standoff with Commission operatives.
In a tweet, his media adviser, Mr. Sam Onwuemedo, said that the Senator was not detained but rather invited by the EFCC, claiming that the Commission is not a slaughterhouse.
The statement read in part, “The reality is that Okorocha resigned as governor of Imo State on May 28, 2019.” And, soon after he stepped down as governor, the Imo State government filed Petitions after Petitions against him.
“The EFCC investigated the petitions and appeared in numerous courts across the country with Okorocha to that end.
“The case between the EFCC and Okorocha over his governorship in Imo has been pending in various courts across the country.
“At the end of the day, we will know if the Commission will drop the Cases in Courts or proceed with the Cases that are still in Courts.”
“However, in our opinion, the Commission is doing its job and should be given the necessary cooperation. And, as a law-abiding citizen, Okorocha will still comply with the Commission in court. The EFCC is not a slaughterhouse, but rather a very responsible organisation that should be regarded as such.
There was no news of Okorocha’s release by the Commission on Wednesday, indicating that he had already spent two nights at the dreaded commission’s headquarters.
Hon Stan Dara, a former member of the Imo State House of Assembly and former aide to the former Governor, was reportedly arrested on Wednesday by alleged EFCC operatives from Abuja, fueling speculation that his arrest was related to Okorocha’s questioning at the EFCC headquarters.