By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
Former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has reacted to the presence of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) operatives at his residence in Abuja.
Okorocha who is vying for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential ticket told Channels Television that he is being held hostage at home.
“I am under hostage I would say, the EFCC is at my house-both the back and front- I would say. I have enquired if they have an arrest warrant but nothing, and I am supposed to be getting ready for screening.
“I don’t know what is really happening, It is unfortunate that this is happening here,” he said.
Okorocha disclosed that his next line of action will be to hold a press conference, adding that the EFCC cannot stop the press from entering his compound.
“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,” the former government insisted.
When asked if he would be submitting himself to the anti-graft agency, the presidential aspirant said: “I’ll be here until I know what it is, because this is something serious. I want to see an arrest warrant or a court order.”
Operatives of the anti-graft agency stormed Okorocha’s residence in Maitama area, on Tuesday, barricading it, and ensuring that nobody is going in or out of the compound.
The EFCC had in January filed a 17-count charge against Okorocha.
The anti-graft agency accused the former governor of conspiring with others, including a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and five companies to steal N2.9bn from the public coffers.
The charges were filed few hours after Okorocha declared his intention to run for the office of the president in 2023.