The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has explained why its operatives forcefully broke into the house of Big Brother Naija Lockdown housemate, Dorathy Bachor, on Monday.
Dorathy had raised alarm that armed EFCC operatives broke into her Lagos residence about 04.45 am and later claimed that it was a mistake.
The former housemate narrated the incident on her Instastory, saying that she suffered a panic attack as a result of the incident.
However, EFCC in a statement on Monday, said that Dorathy was not at home talkless of walking out half-naked.
“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-fueled stars so desperately want to push about the EFCC.”
On her part, Dorathy the Big Brother Naija Lockdown housemate alleged that the armed operatives broke into her residence around on Monday.
According to the star, the anti-graft officials allegedly broke into her house, saying they were after a suspected internet fraudster.
She said the EFCC officials identified her as a BBNaija star and left afterwards.
The serial entrepreneur said her aged mother almost suffered a “panic attack” as a result of the incident.
The ex-housemate also posted videos showing men in red uniforms in her compound.
She wrote: “What is the need of being a citizen of this country if I can’t feel safe in my own house? It’s 5am and I’m literally shaking and so upset right now.
“I feel like my head is about to explode, I’m numb.
“At 04:45am, I heard a loud sound and voices followed after.
“I rush(ed) out almost naked to see 5 fully armed @officialefcc men in my living room and one of them saying, ‘oh na that big brother babe be this’.
“In my confused state, I’m trying to understand what in the hell was going on, why did they break my door?
“Then, one of them said they were looking for someone who ran into my estate and I should lock my door, 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 mom almost have a panic attack.
“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.”