The Senator representing Imo West Senatorial district at the 9th Nigerian Senate, Rochas Okorocha, has said that he will not submit himself to operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Earlier today, some operatives of the anti-graft agency stormed his Maitama, Abuja residence to arrest him over “his refusal to honour invitation sent to him.”
He was accused to have embezzled N2.9 billion when he was governor of Imo State.
They insisted that Okorocha, who is seeking to contest the presidential election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), should submit himself for arrest or honour a long-standing invitation to their office.
On arrival at the residence, the EFCC operatives had barricaded the residence of the presidential aspirant and insisted that none of his family members would be allowed to leave the compound pending the time the arrest of the former governor is effected.
However, the presidential aspirant under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, said he won’t submit himself to operatives of the EFCC until he gets a clear understanding of what is going on.
Okorocha, through a telephone conversation with ChannelsTV said, “I will be here until I know what it is.”
He vowed to hold a press conference on the matter, adding that EFCC banned journalists from gaining access into his house.
“I am trying to address a press conference, Of course, the EFCC cannot stop the press from coming into my premises. They are inside my compound but the press is coming inside my house to interview me, they can’t stop them, he insisted,” he said.
Meanwhile, counsel to Okorocha, Ola Olanipekun (SAN), said his client is being held hostage by the EFCC without an invitation by the commission.
He said the EFCC did not follow due process with the attempted arrest and said the arrest was fishy since it came few hours to his presidential screening.