Former Imo State Governor and Senator representing Imo North in the National Assembly, Rochas Okorocha, has been granted permission to travel to the United Kingdom for medical attention.
Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the Registrar of the court to release the travelling passport of Okorocha for him to undertake the medical trip.
The Judge gave the order following an application by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ola Olanipekun notifying the court that his client has been having health challenges recently.
Olanipekun argued that Okorocha would not abuse the order and would return to the country for his trial.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, which initially opposed the request, soft-pedalled when Justice Ekwo explained that the request would be granted with a caveat by the court.
While granting the request, Justice Ekwo ordered Okorocha to return the passport to the court registrar not later than three days after his arrival in the country.
According to the Judge, he would declare Okorocha wanted if he attempts to abuse the favour granted him.
Justice Ekwo subsequently fixed November 7 for his trial in the money laundering criminal charges brought against him by the Federal Government.