The Former Governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha.

Former Imo State Governor and Presidential aspirant Rochas Okorocha under the All-Progressive Congress (APC) appeared in court on Monday over a N2.9 billion fraud allegation filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Driving the news 
The presiding judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, following a bail hearing on behalf of the APC presidential aspirant by his counsel, Solomon Umo, SAN, granted the request in the sum of N500 million or Surety in the like sum.

  • The court ruling also required Mr. Okorocha to submit his passport to the court registry. He must also request the court’s permission before making a trip outside of the court’s jurisdiction. 
  • Justice Ekwo also ruled that Mr. Okorocha could not leave the custody of the EFCC until his terms of bail were fulfilled. 

In case you missed it 

  • The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in January 2022 filed a 17-count charge against Senator Rochas Okorocha bordering on the diversion of funds amounting to N2.9 billion against six other accomplices.
  • The presiding judge, Honorable Justice Inyang Ekwo, then granted an arrest warrant against the former governor after failing to honor the EFCC’s several requests. 

What you should know 

  • Mr. Rochas Okorocha is the current senator representing Imo West Senatorial district of Imo State. And a presidential candidate under the umbrella of the APC.
  • The former governor is to face a presidential screening exercise by the party today, May 31st 2022. 
  • The former governor sued the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, with a claim of N1 billion in damages following the raid by operatives of the EFCC on his residence in Abuja. 
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