The former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to overturn the 2.9 billion naira money laundering charges brought against him by the federal government.
The former governor claims that the fraud charges brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on behalf of the federal government constitute a flagrant violation of court and willful abuse of the powers of the prosecution.
In a preliminary objection to the charges brought by Okorocha through his attorney, Mr. Ola
Olanipekun (SAN), gave six reasons as to why the charges were dismissed.
Among other things, the former governor, now a senator, claimed the charge was illegal, baseless, oppressive and a flagrant violation of court procedures.
The federal legislator requested a court order to absolve him and/or be acquitted of the charges.
Olanipekun argued that the investigation on
The charge against him was the subject of another lawsuit brought against the EFCC by his client, and thus, the current charge, as formed, amounts to an abuse of court’s power to prosecute.
The chief counsel explained in the initial objection that Okorocha had sought, in the earlier suit, declaratory and prohibitive injunctions which remain, at all times, before and after preference
Okorocha, as the first defendant, was called along with Anime Nyerere Chinini, Naftali International Limited, Perfect Finish Multi Projects Limited, Consolid Projects Consulting Limited, Pramif International Limited and Legend World Concepts Limited in second to seventh place respectively.
Meanwhile, the court set November 22 to hear the initial objection
It is marked FHC/ABJ/CR/28/22.
Judge Inyang Edem Ekwo set the date to allow EFCC’s attorney, Mr. Gbolahan Latona, to respond to all cases raised against his client by Okorocha.
The judge said that the request will be taken on the postponed date and ordered all parties to submit and exchange everything necessary
Operations before the specified date.
DAILY POST reports that Okorocha was summoned by the EFCC on May 30
17- Charges of public money laundering of 2.9 billion naira while he was the Governor of Imo State.
Judge Ekwo admitted on May 31
Okorocha and his co-defendants released on bail in
An amount of 500 million naira with one guarantee of a similar amount.
Okurusha, former Imo governor asks court to dismiss EFCC’s N2.9bn fraud charges against him