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EFCC ARRAIGNS ROCHAS OKOROCHA AND SIX OTHERS

EFCC ARRAIGNS ROCHAS OKOROCHA AND SIX OTHERS

 

 

 

The Former Governor of  Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has been arraigned along six others before the Federal High Court,Abuja.

Rochas Okorocha is facing seventeen counts charge bordering on financial crimes.

 

Okorocha as the first defendant and Anyim Chineye as second defendant alongside their companies  pleaded not guilty to the N2.9B corruption charge brought against them  by the Federal Government.

 

Okorocha was in the 17 counts charge, accused of diverting N2.9B from Imo State Government House Accounts and that of Imo State Local Government Joint  project accounts to private companies.

 

The alleged fraud was said to have been perpetrated by Okorocha and one Anyim Chineye with the use of their private companies between 2014 and 2016 when he held sway as the E Governor of Imo State.

 

Though he denied all the counts, Okorocha has however engaged the services of four Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SANs comprising Okey Amaechi, Solomon Umor,  Ola Olanipekun and Kehinde Ogunwumiju to defend him from the grievous allegations against him.

 

Shortly after the taking of plea, EFCC counsel, Gbolahan Latona asked the court  for an adjournment to enable him assemble his witnesses numbering up to 14 that will testify during trial.

 

He informed the court that 15 witnesses have been arranged to testify against All Progressive Congress APC Presidential aspirant and that most of the witnesses are outside the court jurisdiction because of the peculiar nature of the charge.

 

Okorocha’s counsel, Okey Amaech, SAN  told the court that he had filed a motion  for bail of his client and had also served same on EFCC.

 

He attempted to argue the application but was opposed by the anti-graft agency which claimed that it intends to file counter affidavit against the bail issued.

 

Although, the EFCC’S lawyer sought adjournment to June 1 for arguments on bail, Justice Ekwo ruled that he would take all the bail applications on May 31 and directed EFCC to endeavor to  file its opposition within time.

 

Justice Inyang Ekwo subsequently ordered Okorocha’s further detention till May 31 when his bail application would be argued.

Rochas Okorocha, was arrested last week Tuesday at his Maitama residence after hours of siege by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission due to his alleged failure to appear in court.

 

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