Friday, 8 March 2019

EFCC accuses Okorocha of diverting N1bn for vote buying, arrests Imo accountant-general

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested accountant-general of Imo state, Uzoho Casmir, for allegedly helping governor Rochas Okorocha, to launder N1.05bn for Saturday’s elections.

Casmir was alleged to have laundered the money through a new generation bank.

In a statement, the anti-graft agency said Casmir was arrested based on intelligence.

“The, EFCC, Enugu Zonal Office, Thursday, March 8, 2019 arrested the Acting Accountant General of Imo State, Mr. Uzoho Casmir, on suspicion of laundering the sum of N1.050bn through a new generation bank for the governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha,” the report read.

“Uzoho’s arrest followed intelligence report that the governor intended to use the money for vote buying in favour of a particular candidate in tomorrow’s gubernatorial election. Intelligence further revealed that Mr Casmir withdrew the amount in three tranches between Tuesday and Thursday this week in the following order; N200m on Tuesday, N500m on Wednesday and N350m on Thursday.

“Meanwhile, the EFCC has blocked the traced accounts, while the arrested Accountant General has been providing useful information to the commission. Mr Casmir was before his appointment, a Director of Finance in Okorocha’s government and was in 2016 fingered in N2bn bailout fund scam, which was then given to the state by the Federal Government for the payment of salary arrears of civil servants.”

Okorocha had just last week been suspended from the All Progressives Congress, APC, for alleged anti-party activities.

The governor, who won the senatorial election in Imo east two weeks ago, is supporting his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu of the  Action Alliance, AA, in the Saturday's governorship election.

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