By Ayo Kehinde
Fourteen aides to ex-Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha have been granted a N70 million bail by a Magistrate Court in Owerri
The magistrate, B.U Adikaibe, who ruled on the bail application made for the release of the defendants also insisted that a traditional ruler in the state or a member of his cabinet must stand in as a surety.
Justice Adikaibe ruled that since the charges brought against the defendants were bailable since they were not capital offenses. He therefore decided to grant the bail application by theie counsel tEddy Onyema even though the prosecuting counsel had earlier objected to the bail.
The 14 persons were arraigned before the court by the state Commissioner of Police, Nasiru Mohammed over 6- count charge.
The charges bother on conspiracy, disobedience to lawful order, willingly and unlawful destruction of the official seal of the Imo State Government, conduct capable of causing breach of peace, unlawful Possession of firearms and a defamatory action on social media against the Governor of Imo State with intent to injure the reputation of the state govt and person of Governor Hope Uzodimma.
The case has been adjourned till March 18.