Wednesday, 1 June 2022

Alleged fraud: Court orders Okorocha to remain in EFCC custody

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday ordered that a former governor of Imo State and presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, Owelle Rochas Okorocha should remain in the custody until he 

has perfected the conditions attached to his bail.


Justice Inyang Ekwo made the order after admitting the ex-governor to bail in the sum of N500m and one surety in the like sum.

Also admitted to bail by Justice Inyang Ekwo is his co-accused, Anyim Nyerere, who were all sighted in the 17-count money laundering case.


For Nyerere, the court ordered that he should continue on the administrative bail granted him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, for exhibiting good conduct while on bail.


The court ordered that Okorocha’s surety must have a property in Abuja, not below N500 million and the original title documents of the property must be deposited with the court registrar.


According to the judge, the original title document of the property must be taken to Abuja Geographical Information System for verification.

Thereafter, the Registrar would swear to an affidavit on the report of his findings.


Also, Okorocha’s travelling documents must be deposited with the court registrar and he must not travel out of the country without the permission of the court.


The Nigerian Immigration Service must be alerted in writing by the Court Registrar that his passport is in the custody of the court and should not be allowed to travel out of the country without an order from the court.


Justice Ekwo held that although bail is at the discretion of the court, however, the circumstances and conduct of the first defendant (Okorocha) would not make the court admit him to customary bail conditions.


In the case of the 2nd defendant, the court observed that since he did not tamper with or jumped his administrative bail given to him by the EFCC, he should remain on the 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 the trial to November 6,7,8,9,10 and 11.



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