At about the same time that Senator Rochas Okorocha of Imo State was declaring his intention to run for the office of the president in 2023, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) filed fresh charges against him and five of his companies in an Abuja High Court.
It was gathered that the Anti-graft agency charged Nigerian senator and former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, with allegations of conspiring with others, including an APC stalwart and five companies, to steal N2.9 billion from public coffers.
EFCC filed the charges, totaling 17, on Monday, at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
In addition to Senator Okorocha, other defendants are Anyim Nyerere Chinenye, Naphtali International Limited, Perfect Finish Multi Projects Limited, Consolid Projects Consulting Limited, Pramif International Limited, and Legend World Concepts Limited.
It is presumed that the reason for EFCC not to have prosecuted Okorocha all his while was his romance with leadership of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) as a party.
Some party stalwarts in the country believe that Okorocha wants to destabilize the party with all the pleas that he will not leave the party.
There are also insinuations in some quarters that the reason the EFCC has not been interested in prosecuting Okorocha is that he has been or is still in APC inspite of all the several petitions brought against him to be probed.
“It is speculated that the various activities of the man while he governed Imo State may now be brought to the fore with this fresh charges of N2.9 billion fraud.