Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested Rochas Okorocha, former Imo governor.
He was whisked away at 6:48pm on Tuesday. Security operatives had earlier broken the entrance doors into the home of the former governor.
The senator representing Imo west had earlier declined to be taken away by the operatives, insisting that he will not submit himself to the anti-graft agency without a warrant.
Generalissimo For-Dmasses II noted that, “Rochas Okorocha was invited, he honored the invitation. He was granted administrative bail, he went home.
He was severally invited, thereafter, he never went. He was served a charge, and asked to come to court to defend himself, he never attended to court on the three occasions that the case had come up in court, and the judge threatened at the last date to strike out the charge if they don’t bring him to court on the next adjourned date.
They got to his house since morning, instead of him to respect himself and turn himself in, he locked himself inside the house and kept them out for hours. The law allows the security agencies to break into a house, where a suspect locks himself in, and fails to open the door for him.
The man seem to be abusing the privilege extended to him. How many of the ordinary masses here defending him would have enjoyed the type of privilege extended to Rochas?
If I may ask, what is the big deal in requesting a man to come and give account of his 8 years stewardship
Why EFCC forcefully arrested Rochas Okorocha?
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on 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.