EFCC Arrest Akwa Ibom Ex-Commissioner As Okorocha Remains In Custody

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Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested a former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Akwa Ibom State, Uwemedimo Nwoko.

It was gathered that Nwoko who is an alleged accomplice in the N1.4bn money laundering charge against former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Paul Usoro, had been at large for over two years.

A source told The Punch that the former commissioner was arrested on Tuesday for his role in the conversion of N1.410bn property of the Government of Akwa Ibom State.

Also confirming Nwoko’s arrest, the EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said that he would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.

Meanwhile, Senator Rochas Okorocha (APC-Imo West) is still in the custody of the anti-graft agency.

It was gathered that the former Imo state governor was still being grilled by investigators.

Recall that the former Governor of Imo State was arrested by the commission on Tuesday at his Unity House office located at Garki, Abuja.

An aide to the former governor, Sam Onwuemeodo, said since the commission is doing its job, Okorocha is ready to cooperate with the officials.

The former Governor, however, claimed that he was invited by the anti-graft agency.

“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,” Onwuemeodo said.

Onwuemeodo added that his principal is being investigated because of the new leadership at the commission.

Ogbolu George is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Benin. He loves politics, is a movie addict and a die-hard Arsenal fan. George is a Senior Content Creator at Naija News.

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