The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Rochas Okorocha, a former governor of Imo State.
Okorocha was arrested at his Unity House private office in Abuja on Tuesday after a five-hour standoff with EFCC operatives who trailed him to the location.
Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, confirmed the arrest of the former governor, who is currently the lawmaker representing Imo West Senatorial District.
Uwujaren, however, declined to provide the specific reason for the arrest.
“It is true, he (Okorocha) was arrested today in Abuja but we are not giving details,” the Punch quoted Uwujaren as saying.
However, Sam Onwuemeodo, Okorocha’s media aide, said his principal was invited by the EFCC for clarifications over petitions submitted against him (Okorocha).
The statement read: “The truth is that Okorocha left as the governor of Imo State on May 28, 2019. And shortly after his exit as governor, Imo State Government wrote Petitions upon Petitions against him.
“The EFCC investigated the petitions and has been in various Courts of the land with Okorocha, to that effect.
“And if the EFCC has decided to invite Okorocha for Clarifications on the matters already in Courts, especially with a new Chairman at the helm of affairs at the Commission, there is nothing wrong with that.
“The matters between EFCC and Okorocha over his governorship in Imo, have been pendent in various Courts of the land.
“At the end of the day, we would know whether the Commission will be withdrawing the Cases in Courts, or would Continue with the Cases already in Courts.
“But to us, the Commission is doing its job and should be given the needed cooperation. And Okorocha being a law-abiding Citizen, would always cooperate with the Commission over the Matters in Courts. EFCC is not a slaughter house, but a very responsible institution and should be seen as such.
“We have no reason to complain about the invitation of today, which Okorocha honoured as patriotic and responsible Nigerian. Like we stated earlier, the Commission didn’t invite Okorocha today, for the first time.”
The latest arrest comes two months after the former governor was arrested for unsealing a property seized by the Imo State government in Owerri, the state capital, in February.
Both Hope Uzodinma, Governor of Imo State, and Okorocha have been embroiled in an indirect political fight since the former was sworn-in into office.
Some of Okorocha’s properties have been marked for demolition or to be confiscated as the state government claimed that they were acquired illegally.
In March, the Imo State Government, through the Imo State Housing Corporation, revoked 50 plots of land allegedly belonging to Okorocha’s elder Geraldine Obinali.