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Movie scenes as anti-graft commission, EFCC, arrests serving Senator Okorocha in Nigeria

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Prayers, live streaming, and social media outcry could not prevent Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, from besieging and eventually arresting former governor, serving Senator and presidential aspirant, Rochas Okorocha, in his Abuja home.

With dozens of heavily armed police officers, EFCC laid siege at the home of Senator Okorocha for hours and eventually gained access into the mansion through the roof after several attempts to break into his bulletproof doors failed.

While they were at it, Okorocha, in a live video, explained that the reason for the raid was unclear as the commission does not have a warrant of arrest from any court.

“They have been shooting and firing teargas everywhere. I don’t know the whereabouts of two of my children,” the former governor of Imo State said.

The Senator was also captured with other family members lying on the floor in prayers, calling on God to save him from the raid.

Recall that this was not the first time Okorocha would visit the EFCC, following his announcement to run for president in the coming 2023 elections in January, the EFCC quizzed the Senator on fraud allegations.

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Justifying the turn of events, the EFCC, in a thread on its verified Twitter angle explained that the action was necessary after the senator refused to honour invitations after jumping administrative bail.

The statement signed by the Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said: “Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today May 24, 2022, arrived at the Maitama, Abuja home of a former governor of Imo state, Senator Rochas Okorocha, to effect his arrest.

“The move followed the refusal of the former governor to honour invitations after jumping the administrative bail earlier granted him by the Commission.

“EFCC had on January 24, 2022, filed a 17-count criminal charge bordering on diversion of public funds and properties to the tune of N2.9billion against Okorocha.

“The case was assigned to Honourable Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, but attempts to arraign Senator Okorocha were twice stalled due to the ex-governor’s absence who evaded service of processes.

“At the last adjourned date, March 28th, 2022, Justice Ekwo before adjourning until May 30th, 2022, had warned that it was “the last adjournment I shall grant in this matter.”

“In the circumstances, the Commission is left with no option than to effect the arrest of Senator Okorocha and bring him to trial,” the statement read.

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Tunisia’s Interior Ministry alleges threats to President Saied’s life

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The Tunisian Interior Ministry has alleged serious threats to the life of President Kais Saied as concerns over a mounting political crisis in the North African country grows.

The Ministry said the country’s intelligence apparatchick revealed that both internal and external elements were involved in plans targeting the president.

Ministry spokesperson Fadhila Khelifi said in a news conference that “the goal was to undermine Tunisian public security by eliminating the President.”

Though Khelifi did not give out names of the purported planners, he however assured that they would soon be rounded up and made to face trial.

President Saied has been having a running battle with the opposition in Tunisia with opponents accusing him of a coup for seizing most powers last summer to rule by decree and preparing a new constitution that he plans to put to a referendum next month.

This year alone, Saied has moved to consolidate his powers by dissolving the parliament, annuling the electoral commission and taking also taking the war to the judiciary by sacking 57 judges after accusing them of protecting Islamists.

Critics have also accused him of clamping down on the opponents with the arrest of leading opposition figures and a widespread crackdown on the opposition parties.

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Senegal’s opposition leader calls for nationwide mega protest on June 29

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Despite clashes between government security forces and anti-government protesters which led to the death of three people last week, Senegal’s main opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko, has called for a fresh demonstration to be held on June 29.

Sonko who came third in the last presidential election in the country and has a large followership made up of mainly youths, had also called on citizens to bang pots and pans in protest on Wednesday which was a huge success, prompting in his call for the July 29 showdown.

“On the 29th of July, with or without authorization, we are going to organize our demonstration,” Sonko, a leader of the PASTEF party said in a press conference on Friday.

“If President Macky Sall wants to prevent this affair, he should be ready to arrest us or terminate us.

“Let the whole of Senegal rumble and let Macky Sall understand that the Senegalese people do not agree with his dictatorial designs or his ill-fated plan for a third term,” Sonko added.

Though the police has banned protests in the West African country citing risk of unrest, Sonko and other opposition figures have called on citizens to come out enmasse for the demonstration.

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