Okorocha released on bail, screened, supports consensus candidate


The former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has been screened by the All Progressives Congress (APC) committee screening presidential aspirants. Mr Okorocha was relayed at the Transcorp Hilton venue of the exercise on Tuesday night. He got to the venue at about 9:20 p.m.

Earlier on Tuesday, Easterner detailed how the Federal High Court in Abuja granted Mr Okorocha bail following instructions that he should remain in custody until the bail conditions are met. Justice Inyang Ekwo, while granting Mr Okorocha bail, imposed a N500 million bail bond “with one surety in a likesome who must be within the jurisdiction of this court.”

Mr Ekwo directed the Federal High Court registry to verify the documents of property to be presented as bail bonds. He also ordered Mr Okorocha, who is being prosecuted by the EFCC for allegedly stealing state funds while he was governor, to deposit his international passport with the court registry. Mr Okorocha was able to meet the bail conditions and make it to the venue of the screening. Speaking to journalists after the screening, Mr Okorocha said he came directly from the EFCC’s custody to the venue.

“It was quite successful and I am the last to be screened at this late hours because I came straight from the EFCC headquarters,” he said.

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