Imo arraignment: Court grants Okorocha’s aides N70m bail
A Magistrate Court sitting in Owerri, Imo state has granted bail to fourteen aides of Senator Rochas Okorocha, who were arraigned on a six-count charge bothering on conspiracy, disobedience to lawful order, willingly and unlawful destruction of the official seal of the Imo state government.
The 14 persons arraigned by the Imo state commissioner of Police, Nasiru Mohammed were granted bail by Justice B.U Adikaibe in the sum of 5 million naira each and a surety in the person of a traditional ruler domiciled in Imo state or a member of his cabinet.
According to the Judge, the decision to grant the bail application by the counsel to the defendant Eddy Onyema is owing to the fact that the charges against the defendants are not capital criminal offences and are all bailable offences even though the prosecuting counsel had earlier objected to the bail.
Mr Okorocha, a serving senator, is accused of forcefully unsealing his wife’s hotel, Royal Spring Palm Hotel, Owerri, which was sealed two days ago by the commissioner for lands and physical planning on behalf of the Imo State Government.
The commissioner said the hotel was built, without permission, on government land. According to the Imo state government, the conduct which is capable of causing a breach of peace includes unlawful possession of firearms and a defamatory action on social media against the governor of Imo state, Hope Uzodinma, with intent to injure the reputation state government.