The former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, has pleaded not guilty to the 17-count money laundering charge against him.
Okorocha and other six persons are being arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, before a high court in Abuja.
The former governor, who mounted the dock around 9:35am, took his plea alongside a chieftain of the All Progressive, APC, Anyim Nyerere Chinenye, and five companies- Naphtali International Limited, Perfect Finish Multi Projects Limited, Consolid Projects Consulting Limited, Pramif International Limited, and Legend World Concepts Limited.
When the charge was read to him before trial Justice Inyang Ekwo, the former governor, said: “I understand the charge against me, but I am not guilty my lord”.
Okorocha, who piloted affairs of Imo state from 2011 to 2019, was accused of diverting funds belonging to Imo state, to the tune of about N2.9billion.
The charge leveled against him bordered on conspiracy and stealing.