Former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has been arrested by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) operatives who forced their way into his Abuja residence.
Okorocha, who had previously refused to be taken away by agents, insisting that he would not surrender to the anti-graft agency without a warrant, was seized and hauled away at 6:48 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24.
Wilson Uwajuren, the EFCC‘s spokesperson, had previously indicated that agents from the anti-graft agency were at the Senator’s residence to bring him before a federal high court in Abuja for allegedly conspiring with five corporations and others to steal N2.9 billion in public funds.
Anyim Nyerere Chinenye, Naphtali International Limited, and others are on trial with Rochas Okorocha in the case.
According to Uwujaren, the EFCC had, on January 24, 2022, filed a 17-count criminal charge, bordering on diversion of public funds and properties to the tune of N2.9 billion, against Okorocha.
“The case was assigned to Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja; but attempts to arraign Rochas Okorocha was twice stalled, owing to the absence of the ex-governor, who evaded service of processes.
“At the last adjourned date, March 28, 2022, Justice Ekwo, before adjourning until May 30, 2022, had warned, saying: “This is 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 Okorocha and bring him to trial,” he stated.