Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed March 28, for the arraignment of Senator Rochas Okorocha.
The judge gave the date after the prosecutor, EFCC counsel, Mr. Cosmas Ugwu, prayed for an adjournment to enable the Commission served the former Governor of Imo State.
Senator Okorocha, is being charged to court over allegations bordering on conspiracy with his cronies, including a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and five companies, to fritter the sum of N2.9 billion public funds belonging to the Imo government.
Others to be arraigned, alongside Okorocha, are Anyim Nyerere Chinenye, Naphtali International Limited, Perfect Finish Multi Projects Limited, Consolid Projects Consulting Limited, Pramif International Limited, and Legend World Concepts Limited.
When the matter was called, all the other defendants were present in court except the former governor.
However, counsel for the EFCC, Cosmas Ugwu, informed that Sen Okorocha was not in court because he had not been served with the charge.
“My Lord, the matter would have been for the arraignment of the defendants but the 1st defendant is not in court.
“Effecting service on him has been difficult, but we have served all other defendants,” he said
He pleaded for more time to enable him to effect the service of the senator, who currently represents Imo West Senatorial District in the National Assembly.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was said to have prepared 17-count charges against all the defendants