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Why EFCC arrested Rochas Okorocha


EFCC finally arrests presidential hopeful, Rochas Okorocha

In a viral video shared by Channels TV, it has been confirmed that the former governor of Imo state, and 2023 presidential hopeful, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

In the early hours of Tuesday, May 24, 2022, operatives of the EFCC had seized Okorocha’s house at Maitama, Abuja, to arrest him. Okorocha, who addressed pressmen in his Maitama district of Abuja residence, said the EFCC have deprived him from participating in the All Progressives Congress Presidential screening.

“Frankly speaking, the situation I find myself in is a situation of what I call hostage. Policemen and EFCC operatives are currently in my compound and they want to possibly whisk me away, my gate is blocked,” he said.

The senator, a representive of Imo west, however, declined, refusing to submit himself to the anti-graft agency without a warrant. In a statement on Tuesday, by Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC’s spokesperson, reveals that they were at the house in order to bring the former governor to stand trial before a federal high court in Abuja, after several declined invitations.


At the residence, things took a different turn after supporters of Imo West senator thronged the premises, singing and chanting Okorocha’s praises. The security operatives then fired into the air after the supporters refused to leave when they were asked to.

The operatives also chased everyone away, including journalists and staff of the senator. The operatives eventually broke into the presidential aspirant’s home and whisked him into their custody.

Recall that EFCC had on January 24, 2022 filed a 17-count criminal charge against him, on basics of diversion of public funds and properties to the tune of N2.9billion.

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.


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