14 aides of Okorocha arraigned for unsealing royal spring palm estate

By our reporter| Fourteen aides of the former Imo governor were on Monday arraigned before an Owerri magistrate presided over by her lordship, B. U Adikaibe.

Okorocha on Sunday led his team to unsealed his wife’s Royal Spring Palm Estate, Owerri, seized by the Imo State government.

The immediate past governor of the state and Senator representing Orlu West was arrested and released on Sunday night.

But his aides arraigned today are Darlington Ibekewe, Obasi Goodluck, Nwaiwu Ndubuisi, Median Ijeoma, Obor Victor, Ucheka Claudin, Sunday Chisom, Ekpendu Peace, Nev F. Raphael, Basil Mba, Steve Asimobi, Ebere Nwokeji, Eberendu Chimechifulam, and Olu Chizoba.

They were accused of conspiring among themselves to disobey a lawful order issued by the state by removing the seal of the state government and entering into the sealed premises of Royal Spring Palm Hotel and Apartments belonging to Okorocha.

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Darlington Ibekewe was also accused of publishing a recorded defamatory matter on social media with intent to injure the reputation of the state government and the person of Governor Hope Uzodimma by exposing to hatred, contempt, ridicule, and damage his reputation.

One of the aides, Olu Chizoba was also charged with unlawful possession of a double-barrel pump action gun without a license.

After hearing bail applications for and against the defendants, the magistrate went on 15 minutes break to enable her to rule on the bail applications., however, when she returned to the courtroom for her ruling, Ibekwe, slumped.

He was, however, revived by his fellow suspects.

After the incident, the court without delay granted all 14 accused persons bail of N5 million each, totaling N70 million.

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The magistrate noted that the condition the court must be fulfilled before they would be released.

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