Okorocha and EFCC logo (file photo)
Why EFCC arrested Okorocha in Abuja
By Valentine Amanze
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested the former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, from his residence over N2.9 billion corruption charge.
The EFCC made the arrest on Tuesday May 24, 2022 by broken into his Abuja residence after firing gunshots in the vicinity.
The operative, it was gathered, also used teargas to disperse journalists from the scene.
The EFCC had arrived Okorocha’s residence in Maitama after the senator ignored the EFCC invitation.
The agency explained that Okorocha had refused to “honour invitations after jumping the administrative bail earlier granted him by the Commission.”
But Okorocha, who is running for President on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), accused the agency of holding him hostage in his own home.
Okorocha, described himself as senior citizen, also asked the EFCC to produce an arrest warrant.
The EFCC had on January 24, 2022 filed a 17-count criminal charge bordering on diversion of public funds and properties to the tune of N2.9 billion 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 28, 2022, Justice Ekwo before adjourning until May 30, 2022, had warned that it was “the last adjournment I shall grant in this matter”.
According to the EFCC, it was “left with no option than to effect the arrest of Senator Okorocha and bring him to trial.”