Okorocha Maintains Innocence After EFCC Arrest

Rochas Okorocha

The former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, has pleaded not guilty to the 17-count money laundering charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, proferred against him and six others.

Okorocha, who mounted the dock around 9:35am, took his plea alongside a chieftain of the All Progressive, APC, Anyim Nyerere Chinenye, and five companies- Naphtali International Limited, Perfect Finish Multi Projects Limited, Consolid Projects Consulting Limited, Pramif International Limited, and Legend World Concepts Limited.

When the charge was read to him before trial Justice Inyang Ekwo, the former governor, said: “I understand the charge against me, but I am not guilty my lord”.

All the other defendants also pleaded their innocence to the charge dated January 24.

Okorocha, who piloted affairs of Imo state from 2011 to 2019, was accused of diverting funds belonging to Imo state, to the tune of about N2.9billion.

The charge against him bordered on conspiracy and stealing.

EFCC alleged that the defendants sequentially siphoned funds from the Imo State Government House account and Imo State Joint Local Government Project account, and diverted same into accounts of private firms.

According to the anti-graft agency, the defendants committed the alleged offence between October 2014 and February 2016.

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