The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has revealed why it decided to break into the house of a former Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha and arrested him.
Recall that Okorocha was arrested on Tuesday night after hours of siege at his home by the operatives.
This was confirmed by the anti-graft agency in a statement signed by its spokesperson and shared via its social media handles on Tuesday.
According to the statement, EFCC was forced to break into Okorocha’s home after his refusal to honour invitations after jumping the administrative bail earlier granted him by the Commission.
It stated, “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 than to effect the arrest of Senator Okorocha and bring him to trial.”
The EFCC officers whisked the embattled former governor away at exactly 06:48 pm in their vehicle after breaking into his living room.
See the video Okorocha shared earlier: