EFCC Apprehends Imo State Accountant-General For Diverting N1.05bn For Vote Buying

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has apprehended the Accountant-General of Imo State identified as Uzoho Casmir, for allegedly assisting the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, to launder N1.05bn for the governorship and assembly elections on Saturday, March 9th.

Governor Okorocha, a core member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is reportedly supporting his son-in-law identified as Uche Nwosuof the Action Alliance against the governorship candidate of the APC, Senator Hope Uzodinma.

Recall that the above act made Governor Okorocha to be suspended from the party last week.

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The EFCC report confirming the arrest read in part,

 “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.

“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.”

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