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EFCC’s Battle Against Okorocha Dashed as Court Dismisses Case

A Federal Capital Territory High Court has dismissed the case against former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

In a dramatic turn of events, the charges of fraud and abuse of office brought against Senator Rochas Okorocha by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have been dismissed by a Federal Capital Territory High Court. This ruling comes as a blow to the anti-graft agency, which had accused the former Imo State governor of diverting public funds and properties amounting to a staggering N2.9 billion.

The court described the EFCC’s charges of fraud and abuse of office as an abuse of judicial process.

The presiding judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu, delivered a scathing rebuke against the EFCC, labeling their charges as an abuse of the judicial process. He based his judgment on the fact that the EFCC had previously filed a similar charge against Okorocha at the Federal High Court, where the case was ultimately decided in favor of the former governor in December of the previous year.

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The anti-graft agency had in May last year broke into Okorocha’s Maitama Abuja residence and arrested the Senator.

This case has had its fair share of controversy. Last year, in a highly publicized incident, the EFCC broke into Okorocha’s residence in Maitama Abuja and arrested the senator. The agency accused him of failing to comply with their invitations and abandoning the administrative bail previously granted to him.

However, Okorocha, who was vying for the presidency under the All Progressives Congress at the time, countered these allegations, stating that the EFCC was effectively holding him hostage in his own home.

The EFCC had on January 24, 2022 filed a 17-count criminal charge bordering on diversion of public funds and properties to the tune of N2.9 billion against Okorocha.

Despite the EFCC’s efforts, they were unable to prove the charges of fraud and abuse of office against Senator Rochas Okorocha. The 17-count criminal charge, which alleged the diversion of public funds and properties worth a staggering N2.9 billion, has been dismissed by the Federal Capital Territory High Court.

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