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Okorocha Flies Out Of Nigeria Hours After EFCC Arrests Aides For Diverting N2Bn

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Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has jetted out of Nigeria to an undisclosed country. Thisday reported on Friday that Okorocha travelled abroad as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seeks to unravel how over N2 billion from the bailout fund given to Imo by the federal government for the payment of civil servants salaries was diverted. According to a statement issued on Thursday by the EFCC, the suspects are: Obi Paschal Chigozie, Principal Secretary to the Governor of Imo state, Uzoho Casmir, Director of Finance and Iheoma Kenneth, Treasurer.

EFCC added that “their arrest followed an investigation into the alleged diversion of the said money which revealed that, the cashier had made cash withdrawal of N456.532m between September 3, 2015 and October 10, 2015 from the government house account domiciled in Zenith Bank. “However, it was revealed that the said amount was given to an aide of the chief of staff to the governor, following approval and directive by the principal secretary to the governor.” The suspects, the EFCC said would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.

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