The Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, on Tuesday, ordered that a member of the House of Representatives, Dr Fred Igwe, be remanded in the police custody.
The embattled lawmaker was arrested on the eve of the last presidential election with $498,100 found in his possession.
He was arrested along Aba Road in Port Harcourt by policemen on a stop-and-search duty.
When the case was called on Tuesday, the principal prosecuting counsel from the office of the Rivers State Attorney General, Chidi Ekeh, applied to take over prosecution from the police.
The defence counsel did not oppose the application to take over prosecution from the police.
In his ruling, Justice Stephen Pam, who is hearing the case, granted the application for the takeover of the case by the state government.
Meanwhile, the defence counsel applied for bail for the lawmakers.
The judge, after hearing the bail application, reserved his judgment and ordered that the lawmaker be remanded in the police custody until then.
Justice Pam thereafter adjourned the case till May 4, 2023 for hearing.