(EFCC) has given reasons for the forceful entry into the apartment of former Big Brother Naija housemate, Dorathy Bachor in the early hours of Monday.
A statement issued by the Head, Media and Publicity of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, noted that operatives of the EFCC executed a search warrant in the block of flats housing Dorathy’s apartment, leading to the arrest of nine internet fraudsters.
The statement verified part of Dorathy’s claim that the door of her apartment was broken, albeit the EFCC claimed Dorathy’s sister denied the operatives access to the apartment hence the damage.
It, however, stated that Dorathy was not in the apartment at the time of the operation, adding that her account “appears to have been invented to fit the pattern she and other internet-fuelled stars so desperately want to push about the EFCC”.
It added: “The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has been drawn to a post on Instagram by one Dorothy Bachor, alleging that operatives of the Commission broke into her home in the early hours of today, 23rd August, 2021
“The Commission can confirm that operatives from the Lagos Command of the Commission, acting on verified intelligence, executed a Search Warrant at a block of flats located in the Lekki area of Lagos on Monday, 23rd August, 2021 during which nine internet fraud suspects were arrested.
“Ms. Bachor’s apartment happened to be one of the flats in the building. EFCC operatives had knocked on her entrance door, identified themselves as being from the Commission on a mission to execute a Search Warrant. But they were refused entry, for several minutes by Bachor’s sister. The operatives were left with no choice but to force their way in, lest suspects escape or destroy vital evidence.
“It is important to state that law-abiding citizens have no reason to refuse the execution of a validly obtained Search Warrant. And, contrary to the information making the rounds in the social media, Ms. Bachor was not present during the operation and the anti-EFCC stories about her coming out half-naked among other fantastical details appear to have been invented to fit the pattern she and other internet-fuelled stars so desperately want to push about the EFCC.
“It is important to reiterate that nine alleged internet fraud suspects were apprehended in the block of flats housing Ms. Bachor’s apartment.”
Dorathy had earlier given an account of what transpired on Monday morning on her Instagram story.
Narrating the incident, Dorathy expressed frustration at how unsafe it is to be a Nigerian.
On her Instagram story, she said: “I feel like my head is about to explode.
“What is the need of being a citizen of this country when I can’t feel safe in my own house? It’s 5am and I am literally shaking and so upset right now.
“At 4:35 I heard a loud sound and voices followed after, I rushed out almost naked to see five fully armed EFCC men in my living room and one of them saying ‘Oh na that Big brother babe be this’.
“In my confused state I was trying to understand what in the hell was going on, why did they break down my door.
“Then one of them said they were looking for someone who ran into the estate and I should lock my door and stay indoors and not say a word.
“I’m shaking at this point and so confused because how exactly is this even okay.
“Still shaking, I’m trying to close my already broken door when my sister screamed my name and I ran back upstairs to see my mum almost having a panic attack. @officialEFCC, on God, you had no right.
“I have never felt so helpless in my whole life. @officialEFCC, you now break into people’s houses and jump estate fences all in the name of doing your job. Shame on you all, shame. You put a gun at people’s heads and threaten their life in the name of doing your job.”