Update: Shots fired as EFCC stormed the residence of Rochas Okorocha
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has broken into the residence of Senator Rochas Okorocha in Abuja after gunshots were fired and teargas released.
The operatives of the anti-graft agency stormed the residence of the former Governor of Imo state to arrest him.
According to Channels TV, the EFCC insisted that journalists must leave the premises, forcefully ejecting everyone in the residence and also used teargas to disperse people who had gathered at the scene.
According to the agency, Okorocha had refused to “honor invitations after jumping the administrative bail earlier granted him by the Commission.”
However, the former governor who is a presidential aspirant denied this allegation and accused the agency of holding him hostage in his own home.
On January 24,2022, The EFCC 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.
On March 28, 2022, At the last sitting, Justice Ekwo before adjourning until May 30th, 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.”