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Okorocha begs EFCC to allow him to attend APC presidential screening amid house barricade

Former Imo state governor Rochas Okorocha has pleaded with the officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to allow him to attend the presidential screening of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Technocrat Media, Abuja

Former Imo state governor Rochas Okorocha has pleaded with the officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to allow him to attend the presidential screening of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The former governor who is running for the office of the president had his house in Abuja besieged by the operatives of the EFCC to arrest him on Tuesday.

According to TheCable, the officials of EFCC insist that no one would be allowed to leave the house until Senator Okorocha honours a long-standing invitation by the anti-graft commission.

However, Mr Okorocha declined, insisting that he will not submit himself to the anti-graft agency without a warrant.

“Frankly speaking, the situation I find myself is what I call hostage. Policemen and EFCC operatives are currently in my compound to possibly whisk me away and my gate is blocked,” Mr Okorocha said.

“All I am asking for now is to allow me to go for my screening because I am a presidential aspirant and our election comes up on Sunday. If I am not allowed to go for this screening, I might miss it.

“I am not an unknown person in the country. I have an address and people know me in the country. All what it takes for the EFCC is to send me an invitation and I will gladly oblige.”

On January 31, the EFCC filed a 17-count charge against the former Imo governor before a federal high court in Abuja.

EFCC swung into action against Mr Okorocha when he declared his intention to join the 2023 presidential race on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.

According to the anti-graft agency, Mr Okorocha allegedly conspired with five companies, others including a member of the ruling APC to steal public funds amounting to N2.9 billion.

The defendants include Mr Okorocha, Anyim Nyerere Chinenye, Naphtali International Limited, Perfect Finish Multi Projects Limited, Consolid Projects Consulting Limited, Pramif International Limited, and Legend World Concepts Limited.

According to reports, EFCC operatives have barricaded Mr Okorocha’s house with family members inside. They are insisting that no one is allowed to leave until the senator is produced or that he honours a long-standing invitation.

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