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Court Stops Okorocha From Making Move To Stop Forfeiture Of His Property

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A Nigerian Court has refused former Imo state Governor, Senator Rochas Anayo Okorocha ‘s move to stop forfeiture of his recently seized property.

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The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has refused a motion by ex Imo governor, Rochas Okorocha, for an order of interim injunction stopping the Imo State government from confiscating his property.

The ex Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha on Wednesday began the legal process seeking to stop the Imo State government from confiscating his assets over alleged corruption.

It should be recalled that a High Court sitting in Owerri had ordered the final forfeiture of properties said to be acquired through “illegal means” by the now serving Senator.

Ruling on the motion, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, said granting the order by Okorocha would amount to assuming jurisdiction to hear the extant matter despite two pending motions by the defendants, EFCC, Imo challenging jurisdiction.

He therefore dismissed the motion, and adjourned till 24 August for hearing on the motion challenging jurisdiction of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to hear the matter.

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According to the reports, the 48 defendants in the suit by Okorocha has the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, the Attorney General of Imo State and members the seven panels constituted by the Imo State government to investigate alleged infractions by Rochas Okorocha.

It should be recalled that recently, court had ordered the final forfeiture of properties linked to Okorocha and wife.

A State High Court in Owerri has ordered the final and absolute forfeiture of Royal Palm Springs House.

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