Money laundering: EFCC arrest ex-Imo gov, Ohakim

A former governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), over alleged bribery and money laundering offences.

It was gathered that he was particularly wanted over the sum of N1.3billion kickback he received from a government contractor through companies floated by his sons.

It was also gathered that the former governor has questions to answer concerning a number of property allegedly traced to him.

Recall that on Wednesday, the commission sent an invitation to the former governor but he failed to turn up as advised.

EFCC operatives, who had been on his trail for days, stormed his residence Thursday and drove him in an unmarked car to the commission’s headquarters in the Maitama district in Abuja.

He is currently being detained, with his interrogation expected to begin later in the day.

Meanwhile, a former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, has willingly surrendered himself for questioning almost the same time Mr. Ohakim was brought into the EFCC’s headquarters in Abuja.

Ohakim, governor between 2007 and 2011, was arrested Thursday at about 10.05 am at his residence in the Asokoro district of Abuja.