EFCC Operatives Lay Siege on Okorocha’s Abuja Residence

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OPERATIVES of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have encircled the Abuja residence of Rochas Okorocha, the immediate past governor of Imo State.

The siege on Okorocha’s Abuja residence in Maitama reportedly began at about 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, with the EFCC operatives dressed in unmarked clothes and arrived in unbranded vehicles. The operatives were still at the residence as at 2:55pm at No. 3, Nyasa Close, off Ontario Crescent, Off Mississippi Street, Maitama, Abuja.

Premium Times, quoting an unnamed EFCC source, as confirming to it that the operatives were officials of the commission and were there to arrest Okorocha. The paper also reported that an aide to the former governor, Sam Onwuemeodo, confirmed the siege, and adding that the EFCC’s action was politically motivated.

“Why today they (EFCC) are coming to prevent his excellence from coming out from his house,” Onwuemeodo reportedly said in a phone interview with a Premium Times reporter, adding: “They are aware that the APC is having their screening in Abuja.”

Okorocha is a presidential aspirant of ruling APC, although he has had issues with the anti-graft agency since he left office as Governor of Imo after serving two terms. He was arrested by the EFCC in April this year at his Abuja residence but released on bail.

Also in February this year, Okorocha was arrested and later released by the police for unsealing a hotel owned by his wife but which had been shut by the Imo State Government.

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