EFCC Arrests Okorocha, Injures Son After 9 - Hour Siege On Residence - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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EFCC Arrests Okorocha, Injures Son After 9 - Hour Siege On Residence

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| The Daily Crucible | Wednesday, May 25, 2022

After what seemed like an interminable siege on his Asokoro, Abuja residence , operatives of the  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday arrested former Imo State Governor and sitting Senator  Rochas Okorocha.

Sources said there was an altercation between members of Okorocha family and the EFCC agents leading to the discharge of firearms and injury to the ex-Imo gov's second son identified as Amen Okorocha.

The agents who could no longer sustain the about 9 - hour siege on Okorocha's residence, broke down many barriers within structure to gain entry to the mansion.

In bids to arrest him, several gunshots and tear gas canisters were fired to disperse angry supporters of the lawmaker before he was finally taken away.

It was learnt that the anti-graft agency Okorocha will take him to the headquarters of the commission ahead of planned arraignment in court May 30.

Defending the siege and subsequent arrest, the EFCC, in a statement by its spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said the move followed the alleged refusal of the former governor to honour several invitations extended to him after jumping the administrative bail earlier granted him by the commission.

Uwujaren recalled that the EFCC had on January 24, 2022, filed a 17-count charge bordering on diversion of public funds and properties to the tune of N2.9billion against Okorocha.

He said the case was assigned to Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja but attempts to arraign Okorocha was twice stalled owing to the absence of the ex-governor who evaded service of processes.

Wilson added, ”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 but to effect the arrest of Senator Okorocha and bring him to trial.”


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