Court orders Rochas Okorocha to forfeit properties linked to him and his family
Senator Rochas Okorocha has been ordered by a High Court in Owerri, Imo state capital to absolutely forfeit Royal Palm Springs Hotel and other properties linked to him and other members of his family.
The case which involved properties on pages 226 to 272 of the Imo state Government white paper report by a Judicial Commission of Enquiry on Recovery of Lands and other related matters, stated that the Senators counsel failed to provide solid and valid reasons not to forfeit the properties or not be given to Government of Imo State. This case was ruled by Justice Fred Njemanze.
Justice Njemanze stated that the suit filed against Imo state Government by Okorocha’s counsel described was surplusage – a law jargon which means a useless statement completely irrelevant to a matter.
The judge insisted that the white paper gazette by the Imo State Government is a legal binding document and that those who might have made purchases on such properties are at freedom to meet the court to justify their titles.
A few of the properties forfeited include
1. Eastern Palm University, Ogboko
2. Royal Spring Palm Hotels and Apartments
3. IBC staff quarters said to have been illegally acquired for the purpose of Rochas Foundation College
4. Owerri magistrate quarters, Orlu road/cooperative office/Girls Guide allegedly converted to private use housing market square and Kilimanjaro eatery
5. Public building situated at plot B/2 Otamiri South Extension Layout given to the ministry of women affairs for establishing a skills acquisition centre for women, allegedly acquired for the benefit of Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha’s all-in Mall along Aba road.
6. Plot P5, Naze residential layout, initially part of primary school management board but now annexed to All-In Mall along Aba Road, belonging to Mrs Nkechi Okorocha
7. And all the 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”.
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