No fewer than nine suspected online fraudsters, who were neighbours of former Big Brother Naija (BBN) housemate, Dorothy Bachor, were reported to have been arrested and detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) during a raid on their building.
The nine suspected internet fraudsters and Bachor were said to have occupied blocks of flats within a building site in the Lekki axis of Eti-Osa Local Government in Lagos State.
EFCC, meanwhile, denies allegations raised by Dorothy that its officials from Lagos Command broke into her apartment and molested her during a raid on the property.
The anti-graft agency, through a statement released on its official social media handle on Monday, said that the raid on the building was carried out after receiving an intelligence report from members of the public on the ongoing activities within the premises.
While noting that a search warrant was presented before the raid, the agency stated that its officials were refused entry into the ex-housemate apartment by her sister.
The statement added: “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.
“It is important to reiterate that nine alleged internet fraud suspects were apprehended in the block of flats housing Ms. Bachor’s apartment”, the anti-corruption agency added.
Earlier, the celebrity expressed frustration at how unsafe it was to be a Nigerian and the alleged persistent attacks by personnel of the law enforcement agencies across the country.
She said: “I feel like my head is about to explode. At 4:35 I heard a loud bang and voices, I rushed out to see five armed EFCC men in my living room and one of them said‘Oh na that Big brother girl be this’.
“In my confused state I was trying to understand why they broke 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 at what point is this Okay. What is the need of being a citizen of this country when I can’t feel safe in my own house.”