EFCC holding me hostage – Okorocha

Rochas Okorocha

Senator Rochas Okorocha (APC, Imo West) has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of holding him hostage in his Abuja residence.

The commission on Tuesday barricaded the residence of the presidential aspirant, asking him to submit himself for arrest or honour a long-standing invitation to its office for questioning over allegations of money laundering.

Okorocha, a former governor of Imo State, told Channels Television that he would only go with the EFCC if he sees a warrant of arrest.

“I am (being) held hostage here, I would say. I have enquired if they have an arrest warrant or not and I am supposed to be getting ready for screening,” he said.

“I don’t know what is really happening; it is unfortunate that this is happening here. I will be here until I know what they want, I want to see a warrant of arrest or court order.”

Okorocha is alleged to have laundered N2.9 billion while he was governor. The EFCC filed fresh charges against him on January 31, 2022, at the Federal High Court in Abuja about the same time the lawmaker declared his intention to run for the office of president in 2023.

But the ex-governor has since denied any wrongdoing, adding that it was politically motivated.

He also obtained a court order to prevent his arrest.