The accountant-general of Imo state, Uzoho Casmir, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly helping his governor, Rochas Okorocha, to launder N1.05bn for the March 9 elections.
We understands that the allegations were contained in an EFCC situation report.
According to the report, Casmir was alleged to have laundered the money through a new generation bank.
Okorocha and his Ogun state equivalent, Ibikunle Amosun, were recently suspended by the National Working Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over allegations of “anti-party activities.”
The governors, who won senatorial elections in their respective states two weeks ago, and the leadership of the party had been at loggerheads following their failure to secure the governorship tickets of the APC for their preferred candidates.
Okorocha is backing Uche Nwosu, his son-in-law, for the governorship election.
“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,” the report read.
“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.”