The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha in Abuja.
According to the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, he was arrested on Tuesday.
However the EFCC spokesman did not give the reason for the arrest Mr. Okorocha, who is now the senator representing Imo West Senatorial District in the National Assembly.
However CHECKPOINTCHARLEY gathered that Okorocha had refused to honour previous invitations from the anti-graft commission.
He was arrested at about 4pm at his Unity House private office in Abuja after a five-hour standoff with EFCC operatives who trailed him to the location.
But his arrest comes weeks after operatives of the Imo State Police Command arrested him in Owerri in February for over the unsealing of Spring Palm Estate, said to be owned by hiss wife, Nkechi.
Okorocha was later questioned by the Commissioner of Police in Imo State, Nasiru Mohammed.
In March, the Imo State Government had also revoked 50 plots of land allegedly belonging to Okorocha’s elder sister, Geraldine Obinali.
A spokesman for Okorocha, Sam Onwuemeodo, later confirmed in a statement, that his principal was with the EFCC.
He said the Senator had been invited to clarify issues currently in court.
The statement read,
“The truth is that Okorocha left as the governor of Imo State on May 28, 2019,” the statement said. “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 slaughterhouse, 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.”