Tayo AFOLABI

 

Senator Rochas Okorocha has been ordered to remain in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja gave the order on Monday after Okorocha and his ally Anyim Nyerere Chinenye were arraigned alongside five companies on a 17-count money laundering charge filed by the EFCC.

The five companies involved are Naphtali International Limited, Perfect Finish Multi Projects Limited, Consolid Projects Consulting Limited, Pramif International Limited, and Legend World Concepts Limited.

Justice Ekwo, however, adjourned till Tuesday for the hearing of the bail applications by Okorocha and Chinenye.

Okorocha, through his lawyer, Ola Olanipekun, SAN, had on Friday approached the court on liberal terms but the request was turned down by the court.

He was alleged to have laundered funds to the tune of N2.9 billion while serving as Governor of Imo.

Okorocha was also accused of refusing to stand his trial which led to the anti-graft agency storming his residence on Tuesday to arrest him and whisked him into their custody.

The ex-governor, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges filed against him.

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