The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said Big Brother Naija Lockdown housemate, Dorathy Bachor, lied that she was at home when the anti-graft operatives broke into her residence in the Lekki area of Lagos State.
EFCC in a statement on Monday also said “nine alleged internet fraud suspects were apprehended in the block of flats housing Ms. Bachor’s apartment”.
The former housemate in the 2020 edition of BBNaija television reality show had taken to her Instastory on Monday, alleging that EFCC operatives broke into her house around 5am.
According to the star, the anti-graft officials allegedly broke into her house, saying they were after a suspected internet fraudster.
EFCC Head of Media, and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, had told punch news that he needed to make some findings before making any comment on the matter.
“I’ll find out. I can’t react to what I have not seen,”
However, in a follow-up statement, titled, ‘EFCC Explains Presence of Operatives at Dorothy Bachor’s House’, the anti-graft agency said its operatives broke into the BBN star’s house because they were refused entry.
The EFCC statement posted on its official Facebook page read,
“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 than 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.
“It is important to reiterate that nine alleged internet fraud suspects were apprehended in the block of flats housing Ms. Bachor’s apartment.”