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Court orders Okorocha not to sell ‘forfeited properties’

By Nwafor Sunday

A federal high court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has ordered Senator Rochas Okorocha and his family not to sell any of his properties  that were subject of an interim order of the court pending the conclusion of investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

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Okorocha

Justice J.K Omotosho  of the Court also directed the Applicants to, on or before Tuesday, September 17, 2019 deposed to an affidavit of undertaking and adjourned to September 27, 2019 for report.

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.

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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 5 separate motion on notice praying the Court to vacate the interim forfeiture order.

The Commission in response filed Counter Affidavits to the motions of the Applicants on 19 August, 2019.

On 21 August, 2019 when the case came up for hearing, the Applicants’ informed the court that they were served with the Commission’s Counter Affidavits and asked for an adjournment which was granted by court.

When the case came up on September 9, 2019 for hearing of the Motions, the Applicants filed Further Affidavits and in reply to these Further Affidavits, the Commission file Counter Affidavits to the Applicants’ Further Affidavit and served them same day.

However, Applicants’ Counsel Okey Amechi, SAN informed Justice Omotosho that they were just served and the court adjourned the case to Wednesday, September 11, 2019 for hearing.

After the Court sitting, the Applicants’ served the Commission with 2nd Further Affidavit at precisely 11:21 am.

On Thursday, September12, 2019, Counsel to the Commission informed the Court that the Applicants had served him with their 2nd Further Affidavits and that he would need time to respond.

The Court gave the Commission till Friday, September,13, 2019 to file its Counter Affidavits, failing which it will make a consequential order. This was after counsel to the applicants had drawn the attention of the court to the nature of the properties, one of which is a school which was scheduled to resume in September.

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One of the said to be Okorochas’ properties

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On Friday, September 13, 2019 when the matter came up, Counsel to the Commission informed the Court that he is yet to file its Counter Affidavits and the Court issued the consequential order vis-à-vis the nature of the properties involved.

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One of the said to be Okorochas’ properties

The Commission is studying the consequential order of court.

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