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Alleged N3.1bn fraud: Court to rule on charges against Okorocha next year

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has fixed the 6th of February, 2023, to rule on an application by a former governor of Imo state, Senator Rochas Okorocha, seeking to quash the 17-count criminal charge slammed against him by the Federal Government.

Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed the date after counsels in the matter adopted their written addresses and other processes as their final arguments.

Okorocha is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a 17- count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing, conversion of public funds, and money laundering to the tune of N3.1 billion.

EFCC’s lawyer, K. N Ugwu pleaded with the trial judge to find and hold the motion on notice filed by the 1st defendant (Okorocha), seeking to quash the charge, lacks merit and should be dismissed accordingly.

Okorocha is the current Senator, representing Imo West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, and is currently under a N500 million bail and a surety in like sum.

Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Tersoo Nicholas