- The EFCC has said its operatives stormed the Abuja home of Senator Rochas Okorocha to arrest him following his refusal to honour invitations
- Okorocha, according to the anti-graft commission, also jumped the administrative bail granted to him
- The EFCC also stated that attempts to arraign Senator Okorocha were stalled twice owing to the absence of the former governor of Imo state
Maitama, Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said that its operatives laid siege to the residence of Senator Rochas Okorocha due to his refusal to honour the commission’s invitations.
The anti-graft agency revealed this in a statement posted on its official Facebook page on Tuesday, May 24, adding that Okorocha jumped the administrative bail granted to him.
The EFCC also alleged that attempts to arraign Senator Okorocha were stalled twice owing to the absence of the ex-Imo state governor who reportedly evaded service of processes.
The statement titled "Why We Are At Okorocha’s Home - EFCC" reads:
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"Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on May 24, 2022, arrived at the Maitama, Abuja home of a former governor of Imo state, Senator Rochas Okorocha, to effect his arrest.
"The move followed the refusal of the former governor to honour invitations after jumping the administrative bail earlier granted him by the Commission.
"EFCC had on January 24, 2022 filed a 17-count criminal charge bordering on diversion of public funds and properties to the tune of N2.9billion against Okorocha.
"The case was assigned to Honourable Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja but attempts to arraign Senator Okorocha were twice stalled owing to the absence of the ex-governor who evaded service of processes.
"At the last adjourned date, March 28th, 2022, Justice Ekwo before adjourning until May 30th, 2022, had warned that it was “the last adjournment I shall grant in this matter”.
"In the circumstances, the Commission is left with no option than to effect the arrest of Senator Okorocha and bring him to trial."
I am under hostage, Okorocha cries out
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Okorocha who is a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) claimed he is under hostage by operatives of the EFCC.
Okorocha who stated that he had no idea why this was happening admitted that it was rather unfortunate that it would ever occur.
However, the former Imo governor said he plans to address a press conference, adding that the commission cannot stop journalists from coming to his house.