EFCC Probes Rochas Okorocha, Arrests Imo Accountant General:
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has apprehended the Imo state Accountant-General, Uzoho Casmir, for allegedly laundering the sum of N1billion. reportedly, the anti-graft agency is also probing the state governor, Rochas Okorocha for allegedly ordering Casmir to divert the huge sum of money. The accountant generals arrest, however, followed intelligence report which revealed that the government intended to use the money for vote buying on March 9.
According to the Nation, a top source of the Agency said: EFCC probes Rochas Okorocha whether or not the money was diverted on the order of the governor of Imo state. The cash was allegedly withdrawn in three (3) tranches to facilitate vote buying between Tuesday and Thursday.
“We gathered intelligence report that huge sum of money was withdrawn through a new generation bank for use by the state government. Casmir’s arrest was as a result of an intelligence report that the state government intended to use the money to facilitate vote buying in favour of a particular candidate in Saturday’s gubernatorial election. According to the Intelligence report, Casmir withdrew the amount in three (3) tranches between Tuesday and Thursday this week in the order; N200million on Tuesday N500million on Wednesday and N350million on Thursday.”
The anti-graft agency has blocked the traced accounts, while the apprehended Accountant General has been providing useful information to the Commission. “Casmir who was the former Director of Finance in Okorocha’s government and was in 2016 fingered in N2billion bailout fund scam. The sum which was made available to the state by the Federal Government for the payment of salary arrears of civil servants. Orilade Tony, the Acting Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC has confirmed Casmir’s arrest.