The EFCC has taken Okorocha to court.


The EFCC has taken Okorocha to court.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has dragged former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha before a Federal High Court in Abuja for arraignment on N2.9 billion corruption accusations, despite tight protection provided by its operatives.

At around 8:45 a.m., Okorocha was driven to the courthouse and led straight to the courtroom.

The All Progressive Congress (APC) Presidential nominee was made to sit near a dock where his plea on the fraud allegations against him will be taken this morning, dressed in his normal green colour Agbada with a brown cap to match.

In the courtroom, his typical smiles and handkerchief waving to onlookers are absolutely absent.

Due to the tight security around him, some of his family members and political associates who were in court prior to his arrival were unable to speak with him directly.

However, aides, including former Commissioners, are swarming around the Senator representing Imo West in the Senate, hoping to catch a sight of him.

Mr Kehinde Ogunwumiju, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, has come in court with a retinue of other attorneys as his lead counsel.

Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo, who will handle the case, is expected in court at the time of this report.

The court Registrar and other employees, on the other hand, have already taken their places.

EFCC officials detained Okorocha in his Abuja apartment on Tuesday as part of attempts to secure his appearance in court today.

On Monday, March 28, Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja threatened to dismiss the N2.9 billion money laundering accusations against Okorocha if the Federal Government failed to make him appear in court once more.

Following the Federal Government's failure to serve charges on Okorocha as required by law, the judge threatened to dismiss the accusations.

The Federal Government told Justice Ekwo on March 28 for the second time, through its counsel, Mr Cosmos Ugwu, that he had not been able to visit Okorocha and serve him with the allegations.

On behalf of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, A.O Ikota signed the Federal Government's accusations against Okorocha on January 24, 2022.

In the N2.9 billion money laundering criminal allegations, Okorocha, who is currently a Senator representing Imo West in the National Assembly, will stand trial alongside six others.

The Senator is facing 17 counts of illicit diversion of public funds and properties, according to the federal government.


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