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EFCC Arrests Imo Accountant-General For Money-Laundering

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] has on Friday arrested the Acting Accountant-General of Imo State, Mr. Uzoho Casmir over alleged money-laundering in the sum of N1.050 billion.

The cash was allegedly withdrawn in three tranches for vote buying between Tuesday and Thursday.

But the suspect, who was arrested on Thursday, was in custody as at press time.

It was gathered that the EFCC is already probing whether or not the cash was mopped up on the order of the governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha

A top source, who spoke in confidence, told The Nation: “We have intelligence report that cash was withdrawn through a new generation bank for use by the state government.

“Casmir’s arrest followed intelligence report that the state government intended to use the money for vote buying in favour of a particular candidate in Saturday’s gubernatorial election.

“Intelligence further revealed that Casmir withdrew the amount in three tranches between Tuesday and Thursday this week in the following order; N200 million on Tuesday N500 million on Wednesday and N350 million on Thursday.”

The source claimed that the EFCC has taken pre-emptive steps to stop further withdrawal from the affected accounts.

The source added: “The EFCC has blocked the traced accounts, while the arrested Accountant General has been providing useful information to the Commission.

“Casmir was before his appointment, a Director of Finance in Okorocha’s government and was in 2016 fingered in N2billion bailout fund scam, which was given to the state by the Federal Government for the payment of salary arrears of civil servants.”

The Acting Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Tony Orilade confirmed the arrest of the Imo State Accountant-General.


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