Darlington Ibekwe, an aide to former Imo State governor Rochas Okorocha on Monday slumped at an Owerri Magistrate Court where he and 13 others were arraigned for allegedly breaking into an Estate sealed by the state government.
Darlington Ibekwe and the others 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.
Police prosecutor, Omo-Osagie M. A. told the court that Okorocha’s former appointees, Lasbery Okaforanyanwu, Ijeoma Igboanusi and his son in-laws, Uche Nwosu and Dr. Uzoma Anwuka, were at large.
While Ibekwe 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, Olu Chizoba was charged with unlawful possession of double barrel pump action gun without license.
After a six-count charge was read to the suspects, council to the defendants, Eddy Onyema, sought for their bail, assuring that they would return to the court to take their trial.
Onyema noted that none of the charges against the defendants was a capital offence, said, “worst, some of them are felony. That’s why we’re seeking for their bail”
But when the magistrate, B. U. Adikaibe, who had earlier gone for a recess, returned to the courtroom for her ruling, Ibekwe, slumped but was revived by his fellow suspects, who pleaded for water with which he was revived.
The Magistrate thereafter gave her ruling by granting all 14 accused persons bail with N5 million each totaling N70 million. The court insisted that the bail conditions must be fulfilled before they would regain their freedom.
Apart from Ibekwe, others that were arraigned were Obasi Goodluck, Nwaiwu Ndubuisi, Median Ijeoma, Obor Victor, Ucheka Claudin, Sunday Chisom and Ekpendu Peace, Nev F. Raphael, Basil Mba, Steve Asimobi, Ebere Nwokeji, Eberendu Chimechifulam and Olu Chizoba.