Justice Fred Njemanze of the Imo State High Court, Owerri, has ordered an interim forfeiture of all the property allegedly illegally acquired by a former governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha.
The order was sequel to an application brought by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Louis Alozie (SAN).
The suit with case Number HOW/191/2021 had Okorocha’s wife, Nkechi Okorocha, Incorporated Trustees of Rochas Foundation and Okorocha as the first, second and third respondents, respectively against the Attorney-General of the state.
In a motion ex-parte brought pursuant to Section 472(1) of the Imo State Administration of Criminal Justice Law No. 2 of 2020, Alozie applied for interim forfeiture of some properties allegedly acquired by Okorocha illegally, including Eastern Palm University, Ogboko; Royal Spring Palm Hotels and Apartments, IBC staff quarters illegally acquired for the purpose of Rochas Foundation College, Owerri; Magistrates Quarters, Orlu road/Cooperative Office/Girls Guide illegally converted to private use housing Market Square, Kilimanjaro eatery; public building plot B/2 Otamiri South Extension Layout given to the Ministry of Women Affairs for establishing a skills acquisition centre for women illegally acquired for the benefit of Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha’s All-In Stall, Aba Road.
The application was, among others, based on the ground that, “these public properties were converted to personal use by the 1st to 3rd respondents and their cronies for which the applicants now intends to recover from them in line with the White Paper by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry’s report.
Okorocha was in office as governor of the state from 2011 to 2019.
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