Court Permits Okorocha To Travel For Medical Care

Court Permits Okorocha To Travel For Medical Care

Deborah Musa, Abuja

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday granted the request of a former Imo State governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha, to travel to the United Kingdom for medical care.

Justice Ekwo ordered the court registrar to give Okorocha his international passport to enable him embark on the medical trip.

Prior to the judge’s order, Okorocha’s lawyer, Mr Ola Olanikpekun SAN, told the court that his client has a health condition that he is battling with and needs to go to the UK for care.

He added that his client will not abuse the permission granted him and will ensure that he is present in the country for his trial.

Although the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, represented by Mr Chile Okoroma had tried to oppose the request, the commission soft-pedalled when Justice Ekwo explained that the request would be granted with a caveat by the court.

While granting the request, Justice Ekwo ordered the lawmaker to return the passport to the court registrar not later than three days of his arrival into the country.

The judge held that he would declare him wanted if he attempts to abuse the favour granted him.

Justice Ekwo subsequently fixed November 7 for his trial in the money laundering criminal charges brought against him by the federal government.

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