Senator Rochas Okorocha’s apartment was raided by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) because he refused to honor invitations after jumping administrative bail.
On Tuesday, EFCC agents attacked Okorocha’s home, barricading it and ensuring that no members of Okorocha’s family were permitted to leave until the former governor was presented.
Okorocha, who is running for president on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), previously claimed that he was being held hostage on his property to prevent him from pursuing his presidential aspiration in 2023.
However, the EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, explained the reason for the anti-graft agency’s decision in a statement on Tuesday. Okorocha has declined to honor invitations after jumping administrative bail, according to Uwajaren.
The statement reads, “Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today 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 but to effect the arrest of Senator Okorocha and bring him to trial.”
See some videos of the arrest below: