The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has explained why it’s operatives stormed the Maitama, Abuja home of a former governor of Imo state, Senator Rochas Okorocha earlier on Tuesday.
In a statement issued on Tuesday evening by the Spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, it said its operatives were at the home of Okorocha to effect his arrest.
According to the statement, the move by the anti-graft agency followed the refusal of the former governor to honour invitations after jumping the administrative bail earlier granted him by the commission.
It said, “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.”
The EFCC statement further said 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”.
The statement concluded, “In the circumstances, the Commission is left with no option than to effect the arrest of Senator Okorocha and bring him to trial.”