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- Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja granted bail to former Imo State governor Rooch Okorocha.
- Delivering the verdict on his bail application this morning, the judge granted the former disputed bail bail of N500 million and a bond of the same amount.
- The former governor was arraigned in court by the EFCC on Monday, May 30 on 17 counts of conspiracy. He was accused of conspiring with others, including a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and five companies to steal from public funds during his tenure as governor.
- He denied the allegations in a cross-examination.
- In ruling on his May 31 bail application, Justice Ekwo ruled that the bail to be issued by Okorocha must be a responsible citizen who has received bail equal to the amount of bail granted to the former presidential candidate. The judge also ordered Okorocha to put his international passport in the court register and not to go without a court order without a court order.
- The judge also ordered the court register to inform the Nigeria Immigration Service that Okorocha’s passport had been confiscated.
- Justice Ekwo, however, ordered that the former governor remain in the custody of the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) until his bail conditions are met.
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