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Okorocha's arraignment stalled, as EFCC pleads for more time

Okorocha's arraignment stalled, as EFCC pleads for more time

Rochas Okorocha

There was a set back on Rochas Okorocha’s arraignment on a 17-count charges, Tuesday, at the Federal High Court Abuja.

The suit set before Justice Inyang Ekwo could not proceed after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) failed to serve Okorocha, who is the 1st defendant in the 17-count charge.

When the matter was called, all the other defendants were present in court except the former governor.

However, counsel for the EFCC, Cosmas Ugwu, informed that the 1st defendant (Okorocha) was not in court because he had not been served with the charge.

“My Lord, the matter would have been for the arraignment of the defendants but the 1st defendant is not in court.

“Effecting service on him has been difficult, but we have served all other defendants,” he said.

Ugwu pleaded for more time to enable him effect the service on the senator, who currently represents Imo West Senatorial District in the National Assembly.

Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter until March 28, by 12noon, for arraignment.

According to the anti-graft agency, Senator Okorocha, who is believed to be having a running battle with Governor Hope Uzodimma is being charged to court over allegations bordering on conspiracy with his cronies, including a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and five companies, to fritter the sum of N2.9 billion public funds belonging to the Imo government.

Others to be arraigned, alongside Okorocha, are Anyim Nyerere Chinenye, Naphtali International Limited, Perfect Finish Multi Projects Limited, Consolid Projects Consulting Limited, Pramif International Limited, and Legend World Concepts Limited.

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