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Alleged N2.9bn Fraud: Okorocha seeks Court’s permission to travel abroad for medical treatment

A former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has asked the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja for permission to travel outside the country for medical treatment.

Okorocha is standing trial before the Court on money laundering charges.

Okorocha, whose trial is due to resume on November 7, prayed the court to allow him to visit his doctors in the United States of America to take care of his health.

In his application dated June 27, Okorocha is also praying for a consequential order for the release of his International travel passport booklet, which he deposited with the Registrar of the Court in partial fulfilment of his bail conditions.

He promised to return to the country for continuation of his trial, adding that prior to his arraignment, he underwent medical surgery at the Ambulatory Surgery Centre, Texas, in the US for distal femur fracture, which he sustained in an accident.

The former governor said he had been on regular/scheduled care and treatment at the same Ambulatory Surgery Centre, where he had been scheduled for further medical tests, observation and treatment on July 19, 2022, or immediately thereafter.

However, the former governor, through his counsel, Daniel Alumunu, bemoaned his inability to serve the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with a copy of his motion for leave to travel.

The trial Judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo consequently adjourned hearing of the motion till July 6 to enable the Defendant to effect service of the motion on the EFCC.

The court had on May 31, granted Okorocha bail in the sum of N500 million with one surety in like sum.

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