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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC on Tuesday whisked away the  former Imo State Governor, Anayo  Rochas Okorocha on the order of the  Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.


Okorocha, a Senator representing Imo West senatorial district and  a presidential hopeful  on the platform of the All Progressives Congress APC was ordered to remain in the custody of the anti-graft agency until he fully perfects the stringent bail conditions imposed on him.


Immediately after the court order was made, operatives of the EFCC led him away amid water tight security and shouting by his sympathizers who had come to witness the proceedings.


Looking disturbed by the decision of the Court which may abort his screening for the presidential primary, it was observed by Equity News Track that  Okorocha could not respond to cheers from well wishers.


Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court had imposed stringent bail conditions on Okorocha who is standing trial in an alleged N3.1BN corruption charge.


The Judge admitted the ex- governor to bail in the sum of N500m and one surety in the like sum.


Equally admitted to bail by Justice Inyang Ekwo is his co-accused, Anyim Nyerere who were all arraigned in a 17-count money laundering charge.


In the case of Nyerere, the court ordered that he should continue on the administrative bail granted him by EFCC, for exhibiting good conduct while on bail.


The Judge however said that circumstances and conduct of Okorocha would not make the court to extend same customary bail condition to him.


He therefore ordered that Okorocha’s surety must have a property in Abuja not below N500m and the original title documents of the property must be deposited with the court Registrar.


Justice Ekwo further ordered that the original title document must be taken to Abuja Geographical Information System(AGIS) for verification by the Registrar


Thereafter, the Registrar must swear to an affidavit on the report of his findings on the authenticity or otherwise of the property documents.


In addition, Okorocha’s traveling documents were ordered to be deposited with the court registrar and that he must not travel out of the country without the express permission of the court.


That Nigerian Immigration Service(NIS), the Judge ordered, must be alerted in writing by the Court Registrar that the Passport of the former governor is in the custody of the court and should not be allowed to travel out of the country with an order of court.


Justice Ekwo also  held that although bail is at the discretion of the court but however said that “circumstances and conduct of the first defendant (Okorocha) will not make the court to admit him to customary bail conditions”.


In the case of the 2nd defendant, the court observed that since he did not tamper or jumped his administrative bail given to him by the EFCC, he should remain on same.


Justice Ekwo finally ordered that Okorocha should remain in the custody of the EFCC until the bail conditions are met.


Meanwhile the court has adjourned trial to November 6,7,8,9,10 and 11.


Okorocha who was arraigned on Monday pleaded not guilty to the 17-count charge preferred against him and six others by  the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Okorocha was arrested last week Tuesday in Abuja.

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