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N2.9B: EFCC Arraigns Okorocha



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has on Monday arraigned the former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha over allegation of N2.9B embezzlement of funds while in office.

Okorocha was brought before a Federal High Court in Abuja at about 8:45 a.m. amid heavy security.

The usual smile and waving of handkerchief by the senator representing Imo West Senatorial district at the 9th Nigerian Senate was missing as he was immediately taken to the court room.
Dressed in his usual green coloured Agbada with a brown cap to match, the All Progressive Congress (APC) Presidential aspirant, who is wearing a pensive mood, was made to sit near a dock where his plea on the fraud charges against him would be taken this morning.

Some of his family members and political associates who are in court ahead of his arrival could not get direct access to him due to heavy security mounted around him.

His lead counsel, Mr Kehinde Ogunwumiju, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, has also arrived in court with a retinue of other lawyers.

At the time of this report, Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo who is to handle the case is being awaited in the court.

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However, the court Registrar and other workers are already on their seats.

Okorocha was forcefully arrested on Tuesday in his Abuja residence by EFCC operatives as part of efforts to ensure his appearance in court today.

It will be recalled that Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja had on Monday, March 28, issued a threat to strike out the N2.9 billion money laundering charges against Okorocha should the Federal Government fail again to cause his appearance in court.

The judge had threatened to throw out the charges following the inability of the Federal Government to serve charges on Okorocha as required by law.

At the March 28 proceedings, the Federal Government, for the second time through its counsel, Mr Cosmos Ugwu, had told Justice Ekwo that he has not been able to see Okorocha and serve him with the charges.

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