Court orders interim forfeiture of Okorocha’s properties
A High Court sitting in Owerri, the Imo State capital, has ordered an interim forfeiture of all properties allegedly illegally acquired by immediate past governor of the state, Senator Rochas Okorocha.
The court presided over by Justice F. Njemanze gave the order in an application filed by Louis Alozie (SAN).
Alozie approached the court with the prayers in a suit with case No. HOW/191/202. against the Attorney-General of Imo state.
Other respondents in the case include the former governor’s wife, Nkechi Okorocha, Incorporated Trustees of Rochas Foundation and Senator Rochas Okorocha as 1st, 2nd and 3rd respondents respectively.
In a motion ex-parte, Alozie applied for interim forfeiture of the following properties allegedly acquired by Okorocha illegally:
- Eastern Palm University, Ogboko;
- Royal Spring Palm Hotels and Apartments ;
- IBC staff quarters illegally acquired for the purpose of Rochas Foundation College, Owerri;
- Magistrate 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.
- Plot P5 Naze Residential Layout initially part of Primary School Management Board but now annexed to All-In Stores, Aba Road belonging to Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha and,
- Other properties contained from pages 226 to 272 of the Government White Paper on the recommendation of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Land Administration in Imo state from June 2006 to May 2019.
According to Alozie, the said public properties were converted to personal use by the 1st-3rd respondents and their cronies.
He noted that the Imo State Government has moved to recover them in line with the White Paper by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry’s report.