Rochas Okorocha, lawmaker representing Imo West at the Senate was on Monday arraigned at a federal high court in Abuja in connection with N2.9 billion money laundering against him.

Mr Okorocha, forcefully arrested last week by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after allegedly refusing to honour the agency’s invitation, will continue to be detained, pending the hearing of his bail application, Justice Inyang Ekwo ordered.

To join the former Imo governor, who pleaded not guilty, in detention is Anyim Nyerere Chinenye, his ally and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

The duo were arraigned alongside five companies – Naphtali International Limited, Perfect Finish Multi Projects Limited, Consolid Projects Consulting Limited, Pramif International Limited and Legend World Concepts Limited – on a 17-count money laundering charge filed by the EFCC.

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The judge adjourned till Tuesday to take bail application of Messrs Okorocha and Chinenye.

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