Refusal of the former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, to honour invitations by the anti-graft agency was the reason his home was invaded.
This is according to the EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwajaren.
Operatives of the commissions stormed the residence of the Senator at No. 3 Nyasa close, off Ontario Crescent, Maitama, Abuja, at about 12pm on Tuesday.
Senator Okorocha, who is also seeking to become the Presidential Candidate of the APC, was held hostage in his house for hours, stopping him from attending the screening for Presidential Aspirants of his party.
As at 6.30pm today, EFCC operatives are still keeping vigil at the former governor’s residence.
HOMELAND NEWS learnt that operatives of the commission are applying various means of forcing him to come out and be arrested.
Our source said that gun shots and tear gas were used to disperse a group of women that came to march in solidarity with the embattled politician.
Below is EFCC’s explanation:
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.