The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested the Accountant- General of Imo State , Uzoho Casmir , for allegedly helping Imo State Governor , Rochas Okorocha , to launder N1 . 05 bn for the governorship and assembly elections on Saturday.
The allegations were contained in an EFCC situation report which was obtained by The PUNCH on Friday.
Okorocha , who is a member of the All Progressives Congress , is supporting his son – in – law , Nwosu of the Action Alliance against the governorship candidate of the APC, Senator Hope Uzodinma .
The act earned Okorocha a suspension from the party last week.
The EFCC report 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 . 050 bn 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; N200 m on Tuesday , N500 m on Wednesday and N350 m 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 N 2 bn bailout fund scam, which was then given to the state by the Federal Government for the payment of salary arrears of civil servants . ”