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Properties vandalism: Okorocha, others absent, as 14 appears before the court

Johnson Emilade

Former Imo State governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha, and four of his accomplices refused to show up in an Owerri Magistrate court as legal proceedings begins on the alleged vandalism of government properties.

Okorocha who was arrested alongside his sons in-law, Chief Uche Nwosu and Dr. Uzoma Anwuka, as well as his political appointees, Chief Laz Okafor Anyanwu and Ijeoma Igboanuni, failed to appear before the Magistrate Court, Owerri, to face their alleged charges.

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.

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 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.”

Another accused person, Ibekwe Darlington was arraigned for 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.

The accused persons denied the charges levelled against them, while their defence counsel quickly moved an oral motion for their bail.

Each accused persons were granted bail on the sum of N5 million, while a traditional ruler or the member representing their respective state constituencies, should stand as sureties for them.

The court later adjourned the case to March 18, 2021.

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