Principal Secretary to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, Dr. Pascal Obi, a Director of Finance, Uzoho Casmir and a Treasurer, Iheoma Kenneth have been arrested by the the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The EFCC alleged that these three top officials of the state were involved in a high level of fraud by diverting N2 billion which was the bailout fund given to the state by the Federal Government for the payment of salary arrears of civil servants.
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In a statement by its spokesperson, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, the anti-graft agency on Thursday, said the three suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.
The statement read in part:
Their arrest followed an investigation into the alleged diversion of the said money which revealed that, the cashier had made cash withdrawal of N456.532m between September 3, 2015 and October 10, 2015 from the government house account domiciled in Zenith Bank.
However, it was revealed that the said amount was given to an aide of the Chief of Staff to the governor, following approval and directive by the principal secretary to the governor.
There are indications that the EFCC will soon start discreet investigations into the utilization of bailout funds by the remaining 18 states governments.
Reports say the commission would not exclude any of the 19 states that got bailout funds from the Federal Government last year from the investigations.
Also in recent developments, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested five suspected internet fraudsters in Enugu State.
They were picked up from their hide out at No. 26 and 42 Chimaobi Uba Street, GRA, Enugu following intelligence report.
The suspects, Uche Nwakor, 27; Ejikeme Oluchukwu, 30; Ifeanyi Ejikeme, 28; Nnamani Ikechukwu,30 and Ibe Kodili are alleged to be serial scammers who have defrauded several victims.