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A former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has been released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after spending two nights in detention.
Sources in EFCC tells NewsWireNGR that the former governor was released around 5:45 pm late Thursday and he’s currently in his Maitama residence in Abuja.
The EFCC operatives had, on Tuesday, arrested the lawmaker at about 4:10 pm at his Unity House office located at Garki, Abuja.
Okorocha, who governed Imo between 2011 and 2019, has been accused of embezzlement and misappropriation, an allegation he has refuted.
Shortly after his arrest, on Tuesday, the senator through his aide had said that he was not arrested by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission contrary to the speculations making the rounds.
Okorocha in a statement by his Spokesperson, Sam Onwuemeodo, disclosed that he only honoured an invitation by the anti-graft agency.
Stating that the EFCC facility is not “a slaughterhouse,” the statement disclosed that the agency was only investigating Okorocha’s activities as an ex-governor of Imo State following a petition written by an ex-governor of the state, Emeka Ihedioha.
The statement informed that the matter between Okorocha who now represents Imo West at the Senate was pending in court
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.