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EFCC Brings Reinforcement, Threatens To Break Down Okorocha’s Doors

Channels Television  
Updated May 24, 2022
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday stormed the residence of former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha.
Photo of former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday barricaded the home of the former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha in Abuja.

The operatives of the anti-graft agency brought in reinforcements to break the doors of the former governor’s house, after resisting arrest.

The Maitama home of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant was stormed by the EFCC over a long-standing invitation by the agency.

In a video obtained by Channels Television, the EFCC operatives were seen within the premises of the former governor.

They insisted that Okorocha, who is seeking to contest the presidential election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), should submit himself for arrest.

Okorocha while reacting to the incident in an exclusive interview with Channels Television said he is being held hostage at his premises.

“I am under hostage I would say, the EFCC is at my house both the back and the front. I would say, I have enquired if they have an arrest warrant nothing, and  I am supposed to be getting ready for screening.

“I don’t know what is really happening, It is unfortunate that this is happening here”, he confirmed.

He asked for a search warrant or a court order before submitting himself to the anti-graft agency.

When asked if he would be submitting himself to the anti-graft agency, the presidential aspirant said, “I’ll be here until I know what it is, because this is something serious, I want to see an arrest warrant or a court order”, he added.

The EFCC had filed a 17-count charge to the tune of N2.9 billion against Senator Okorocha. in late January.

Okorocha, in the charges filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja, was accused of conspiring with others, including a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and five companies to steal from the public coffers.

Others listed as respondents to the suit were Anyim Nyerere Chinenye, Naphtali International Limited, Perfect Finish Multi Projects Limited, Consolid Projects Consulting Limited, Pramif International Limited, and Legend World Concepts Limited.

The charges were filed about the same time Senator Okorocha was declaring his intention to run for the office of the president in 2023.

The accused persons were alleged to have stolen the said amount belonging to Imo State and local government areas in the state in contravention of the Money Laundering Act 2011.