Imo State governor Rochas Okorocha is hiding out in London with three of his closest aides, as he plots how to cover up his crimes in looting the 2bn naira ($10.04m) bailout money the state received from the federal government pay state for public sector workers’ salary arrears.
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) agents arrested three of Okorocha’s officials for diverting the 2bn naira on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.
Okorocha flew out to London yesterday shortly after his staff were arrested and a source close to his administration has revealed that the governor is in London trying to “forge receipts” that would help explain the missing funds. Okorocha is also said to be plotting to bribe EFCC officials to scuttle the investigation.
The source informed Naijiant.com that the funds were diverted, on Okorocha’s orders, to buy properties in Abuja and invest in “a project in Jos” owned by the governor. Okorocha is said to “dip his hands in every little money” that flows into government coffers.
The source claimed that even the Imo State First Lady, Nneoma, is exasperated by how her husband has been running the state. She claimed that the family is “finished” in the state as people now have “no regard” for them.
The source also revealed that the EFCC were forced to act on the bailout diversion because of pressure on the agency by Imo State workers, who also petitioned an unnamed foreign anti-corruption NGO, who threatened the EFCC with exposure for being one-sided in the anti-corruption fight.