Following the siege laid by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), at the Abuja residence of Senator Rochas Okorocha, the former Imo governor has cried out that he is being held hostage.
Senator Okorocha in an interview with Channels television on tuesday condemned the action of the team that has come to arrest him and vowed to remain indoors until he sees a warrant of arrest.
In his words: “I am (being) held hostage here, I would say,” Okorocha lamented. “I have enquired if they have an arrest warrant or not 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. I will be here until I know what they want, I want to see a warrant of arrest or court order.”
On January 31, the EFCC slammed Okorocha, who presently represents Imo West senatorial district, with a fresh set of corruption charges to the tune of N2.9 billion.
The anti-graft agency had filed the charges 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.
He was accused of conspiring with others, including a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and five companies to steal from public coffers.
But the former governor has since denied any wrongdoing, stressing that it was not the first time he would be facing such action from the agency which he said was politically motivated.
According to him, the anti-graft agency has continued to disobey court orders relating to the alleged abuse of his fundamental human rights.
Okorocha, however, advised the EFCC not to allow itself to be a tool for politicians but investigate allegations and get real facts before taking action.