Court orders Okorocha not to sell ‘forfeited properties’ until EFCC concludes investigation
Justice J.K Omotosho of the Federal High Court, sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Friday, ordered the former Governor of Imo State, Chief Rochas Okorocha and his family not to sell or alienate any of the properties that were subject of an interim order of the court, pending the conclusion of investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
According to a statement by the EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, the Court directed the Applicants to, on or before Tuesday, September 17, 2019 depose to an affidavit of undertaking and adjourned to September 27, 2019 for report.
According to Uwujaren the judge gave the Consequential Order while vacating the July 25, 2019 Interim Order, forfeiting five properties owned by Okorocha and his family to the Federal Government. The properties are: Rochas Foundation College, Owerri; All in 1 Shopping Mall, East High Academy; East High College and Royal Spring Palm Hotel & Apartments.
He maintained that the Registered Trustees of Rochas Foundation College, All-in Limited, Royal Spring Palm Apartments Limited, Registered Trustees of Women of Divine Destiny Initiative and Uluoma Okorocha Nwosu had challenged the order on August 8, through five separate motion on notice, praying the court to vacate the interim forfeiture order.
He added that the Commission in response filed Counter Affidavits to the motions of the Applicants on August 19, 2019.