An Abuja Federal High Court has rejected Senator Rochas Okorocha’s plea for bail. In an application made by his legal team, the former governor of Imo State pleaded with the court to grant him bail based on liberality, until the hearing and determination of the charges placed against him could take place.
But the presiding judge, Justice Iyang Ekwo threw out the bail application and instead ordered that the Senator remained under the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission until further notice; describing the application made by Ola Olanipekun (SAN), Mr. Okorocha’s lawyer, as unnecessary as the case it would soon be held on the 30th of May. The judge also added that the motion for the bail application would be held on that same day.
Many have speculated that the court’s rejection of the bail application could be a result of the Senator’s previous failures to present himself at the court trails he had been summoned to. Failures, the EFCC alleges were deliberate. All of these claims layered on Senator Rochas and his legal team were deemed as “unnecessarily witch-hunted by the EFCC” and certain persons being out to sabotage his political ambitions.