N7.9 BILLION CASH: EFCC GRANTS OKOROCHA BAIL

Written by on April 16, 2021

AFTER SPENDING TWO NIGHTS IN ITS CUSTODY, THE ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION, EFCC, RELEASED FORMER GOVERNOR OF IMO STATE, ROCHAS OKOROCHA, ON ADMINISTRATIVE BAIL. BUT THE EFCC HAD TO VARY THE BAIL TERMS BEFORE SENATOR OKOROCHA COULD MEET THE TERMS AND BE ABLE TO GO HOME AFTER SPENDING 48 HOURS WITH HIS INTERROGATORS.

A SOURCE SAID THE ANTI-GRAFT AGENCY HAD DEMANDED THAT THE FORMER GOVERNOR PRODUCED TWO FORMER GOVERNORS OR TWO SERVING SENATORS FROM THE SOUTH EAST AS A CONDITION FOR HIS BAIL BUT HE OBJECTED TO IT ON THE GROUNDS THAT IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO ACHIEVE THAT WITHIN THE SHORT PERIOD AT HIS DISPOSAL.

BASED ON THE OBJECTION, OKOROCHA’S LEGAL TEAM FILED FOR A VARIATION OF THE BAIL CONDITIONS, WHICH THE EFCC FINALLY GRANTED. HOWEVER, IT WAS LEARNED THAT THE FORMER GOVERNOR WAS ABLE TO PRODUCE A RANKING SENATOR FROM THE NORTHEAST AS A GUARANTOR FOR HIS RELEASE FROM EFCC CUSTODY.

THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE EFCC, WILSON UWUJAREN, CONFIRMED THE RELEASE OF THE FORMER GOVERNOR BUT DECLINED TO GIVE DETAILS ON THE MATTER. OKOROCHA WAS ARRESTED ON TUESDAY BY EFCC OPERATIVES ON THE SUSPICION OF DIVERTING IMO STATE FUNDS INTO PRIVATE PROPERTY AND BANKS BUT HE HAS CONSISTENTLY DENIED THE CLAIM BY THE EFCC.

IT WAS NOT CLEAR IF THE EFCC HAD GATHERED ADEQUATE EVIDENCE TO CHARGE HIM AND HIS ASSOCIATES LINKED WITH THE CASH AND CHOICE PROPERTY TO THE COURT.

 


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