I was invited, not arrested by EFCC – Okorocha

A former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Tuesday dismissed reports on his arrest by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

In a statement issued by his spokesman, Sam Onwuemeodo, the ex-governor said he only honoured an invitation by the commission.

The EFCC had earlier on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of the Senator representing the Imo North Senatorial District for alleged money laundering.

The commission said the federal lawmaker was arrested after he failed to honour its investigation.

However, Okorocha insisted that he was not arrested by the EFCC, saying the anti-graft agency simply investigated his activities following a petition written by an ex-governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha.

The statement read: “We have been inundated with calls by media houses and concerned Nigerians and beyond, trying to confirm the reported invitation of Senator Rochas Okorocha by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) later today, being April 13, 2021.

“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.”

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