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Okorocha pleads not guilty as court orders his detention in EFCC’s custody



A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, today, ordered the detention of Rochas Okorocha in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

  The order was given by Justice Inyang Ekwo 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 had on Friday, through his lawyer, Ola Olanipekun, SAN, 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.

  He 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.

  Okorocha, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges filed against him.

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