The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has released Rochas Okorocha, lawmaker representing Imo West at the 9th Nigerian Senate.

Mr Okorocha, former governor of Imo State was arrested on Tuesday over alleged misappropriation of public funds while he held sway as governor.

In a statement Thursday evening, the anti-graft agency said it released the lawmaker to go after clarifying issues on a petition filed against him by the Imo State government led by his foe, Hope Uzodinma.

“We didn’t bother about whether he spent 24 hours or 48 hours at the Commission’s office,” the anti-graft agency said in the statement. “We were only keen on his having the needed opportunity to address the allegations contained in the avalanche of petitions written by the Imo State Government, against the former governor.

“Remember also that, we had alluded that, EFCC was not a slaughterhouse, but a responsible institution, established for the good of the nation and her people. And Okorocha being in his house today, only confirmed our hypothesis that, indeed, the Commission’s office is not an abattoir,” the commission added.