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Update: Court grants Okorocha’s aides N70million bail

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A Magistrate Court in Imo State has granted bail in the tune of N5 million per person on the 14 arraigned aides of former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha.

The aides led by an Aide-de-camp to Okorocha, Eberendu Chiimechefulem, a legislative aide, Steve Asinuobi and 12 other aides of Rochas Okorocha, were on Sunday arrested alongside Okorocha for unsealing a property sealed by the Imo State government.

The property, Royal Spring Palm Estate is linked to Okorocha’s wife, Nkechi.

They were arraigned before the court on Monday on a six-count charge bordering on conspiracy, breach of public peace, possession of firearms, unlawful destruction of the official seal of the Imo State Government, a defamatory action on the social media against the governor of the state with the intent to injure the reputation of the state government and the person of the state governor, and disturbance to a lawful order.

The magistrate, B.U Adikaibe, who ruled on the bail application made for the release of the defendants also insisted that a traditional ruler in the state must stand in as a surety.

Eddy Onyema was the leading counsel for the defendants, while E.S Ibechem was the prosecutor.

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