Okorocha Loses Bail Plea, Remains in EFCC Custody
A Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday, refused to admit Sen. Rochas Okorocha, who is currently in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to bail.
Justice Inyang Ekwo, instead, ordered Okorocha, through his lawyer, Ola Olanipekun (SAN) to put the anti-graft agency on notice.
Olanipekun had, in an ex-parte motion marked FHC/ABJ/CR/28/2022, prayed the court to grant Okorocha bail on liberal terms pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed on May 25. The ex-parte motion was dated and filed on May 26.
But Justice Ekwo held that since the matter would be coming up on Monday, May 30, making an order for the release of the lawmaker on bail was unnecessary.
The senior lawyer also hinted that he had also filed a motion on notice, seeking his client’s bail.
The judge, who fixed May 30 for the hearing of the motions, directed the lawyer to put the EFCC on notice.
Ekwo had, at the last adjourned date, given the anti-corruption commission May 30 as the last time the matter would be adjourned following the EFCC’s complaint that it had been unable to serve Okorocha despite several efforts.
The judge had threatened to strike out the case if the EFCC failed to produce the senator on the next adjourned date, after two adjournments for his arraignment.
Operatives of the EFCC were said to have invaded Okorocha’s residence last Tuesday following what they described as his refusal to honour EFCC’s invitation after he was alleged to have jumped the administrative bail earlier granted to him.
Okorocha has whisked away after some hours and remanded in the EFCC’s custody.
Okorocha, an All Progressives Party (APC) presidential aspirant, is standing trial alongside others on allegations bordering on money laundering while serving as governor of Imo State.