by Stanley Azuakola
It’s the tale of two commissioners in Imo State.
Only four days ago, the Imo governor, Rochas Okorocha gave the hands of his daughter Uloma in marriage to Uche Nwosu, the state commissioner of Lands, Survey and Urban Planning. It was a well attended event which was carried live on the African Independent Television (AIT). At that point it surely must have felt like 2013 couldn’t have begun any better.
But on Wednesday, operatives of The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) swooped down on the state and arrested another commissioner, Mr. Okafor Chike John. John is the commissioner in charge of the ministry of finance. He was arrested along with the Accountant General of the state, Eche Ezenna George over allegations of fraud and other financial misconduct.
The duo, according to reports, are being grilled by interrogators at the Abuja office of the commission.
It is believed that a N47 billion loan recently obtained from Zenith Bank by the Imo state government is at the heart of the EFCC arrests. The governor is however shielded by the immunity clause and an EFCC source disclosed that this was the reason the commission could not move directly against him.