EFCC Officials Arrest Rochas Okorocha after 9 hours siege

EFCC Officials Arrest Rochas Okorocha after 9 hours siege
EFCC Officials Arrest Rochas Okorocha after 9 hours siege

Rochas Okorocha, the former governor of Imo State, has been apprehended by agents of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The legislator was reportedly removed from his apartment around 6:47 p.m., according to our source who has been monitoring the situation.

Several bullets and tear gas canisters were fired to disperse the legislator’s enraged supporters prior to his detention.

The agents had previously sworn to remain on the senator’s property until he was apprehended.

According to a representative of the anti-corruption agency, Okorocha will be transferred to the commission’s offices, where he will remain until his court appearance on May 30.

Earlier, EFCC agents had surrounded the private residence of the APC presidential candidate in the nation’s capital, Abuja.

The goal of the agents could not be determined immediately, but the lawmaker, speaking to the press, questioned why the security officers would take him prisoner and prohibit him from participating in the screening of all presidential candidates.

In response to the siege, however, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) issued a statement through its spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, stating that the move was prompted by the alleged refusal of the former governor to honour several invitations extended to him after jumping the administrative bail granted to him by the commission.

Uwujaren recalled that the EFCC had filed a 17-count indictment on January 24, 2022, accusing Okorocha of diverting N2.9 billion in public monies and properties.

He stated that the case was sent to Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja, but that attempts to arraign Okorocha were repeatedly thwarted by the ex-refusal governor’s to accept service of process.

Wilson stated, “On the last adjourned date, March 28, 2022, before adjourning till May 30, 2022, Justice Ekwo warned that it would be the last adjournment he would allow in this case.

In light of the circumstances, the Commission has no choice but to arrest Senator Okorocha and bring him to trial.

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