Drama as court grant 14 arraigned Okorocha’s loyalists N70m bail

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Former Imo State governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha, his sons in-law, Chief Uche Nwosu and Dr. Uzoma Anwuka, as well as his political appointees, Chief Laz Okafor Anyanwu and Ijeoma Igboanuni were absent in the Magistrate Court, Owerri for removing the seal of the state government and entering into the sealed premises of Royal Spring Palm Hotel and Apartments belonging to Okorocha

Okorocha and about 19 others, were arrested Sunday evening by the police, but only 14 persons were however, arraigned in the Magistrate Court on a six-count charge, vide suit number OW/80C/2021.

The accused persons included Obasi Goodluck, Nwaiwu Ndubuisi, Median Ijeoma, Obor Victor, Ucheka Claudin, Sunday Chisom, Ekpendu Peace and Nev F. Raphael. Others are Basil Mba, Steve Asimobi, Ebere Nwokeji, Eberendu Chimechefulam, Ibekwe Darlington and Olu Chizoba.

However, there was a mild drama when one of the 14 suspects, Darlington Ibekwe, being arraigned slumped inside the courtroom.

Police prosecutor, Omo-Osagie M. A. told the court that Okorocha’s former appointees, Lasbery Okaforanyanwu, Ijeoma Igboanusi and his son in-laws, Uche Nwosu and Dr. Uzoma Anwuka, were at large.

While Ibekwe was also accused of publishing a recorded defamatory matter on social media with intent to injure the reputation of the state government and the person of Governor Hope Uzodimma by exposing to hatred, contempt, ridicule and damage his reputation, Olu Chizoba was charged with unlawful possession of double barrel pump action gun without license.

The charge sheet, which was signed by the O.C Legal/Prosecution Unit, Imo State Police Command, M. A. Omo-Osagie, a superintendent of police, specifically charged Olu Chizoba of unlawfully possessing one Italian made double barrel pump action gun, without license from the issuing authority.

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The charge read: “That you, Olu Chizoba, on the 21st day of February, 2021, at about 1700 hours,in the premises of Royal Spring Palm Hotel and Apartment, in the Akachi Area of Owerri Municipal, in the Owerri Magisterial District, did unlawfully had in your possession, one Italian made double barrel pump action gun, with breach number 6546, without license from the issuing authority, contrary to Section 3 and punishable under Section 27(1)(iv) of the Firearm Act Cap F28 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, as applicable in Imo State

After the incident, the court had without delay given its ruling by granting all 14 accused persons bail with N5 million each totaling N70 million, a condition the court said must be fulfilled before they would regain their freedom.