– Most of the assets acquired by Rochas Okorocha has been forfeited to the Imo state government
– A state high court ordered an interim forfeiture of the former governor’s properties on Thursday, February 25
– Royal Spring Palm Hotels for which Okorocha was arrested recently was among the affected properties
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Things went terribly bad for Rochas Okorocha on Thursday, February 25, when an Imo state high court ordered the forfeiture of some of his properties acquired between 2011 and 2019.
Delivering the verdict in Owerri on Thursday, Justice Fred Njemanze said the assets were illegally gotten by the former governor while he was in office, Channels TV reports.
The judgment against Okorocha came after Barrister Louis Alozie (SAN) filed a petition in the court on behalf of the state government.
Some of the properties include the controversial Royal Spring Palm Hotels and Apartments, the Eastern Palm University, Ogboko, IBC staff quarters meant for the purpose of Rochas Foundation College, Owerri, and Magistrate Quarters.
Earlier, Governor Hope Uzodinma had said he was not behind the recent arrest and detention of Senator Okorocha.
Uzodinma said the recent arrest of the former governor was connected to investigations that were commenced by the past administration of Emeka Ihedioha.
The Imo state governor made the statement on Tuesday, February 23, when he addressed the press during his visit to President Buhari.
Uzodinma stated that a judicial panel of inquiry found Okorocha culpable for allegedly converting government lands for personal use.
According to the governor, the travails faced by the senator were a result of the implementations of the investigative panel.
He said the Imo state government sealed the properties of Okorocha following the recommendations of the panel. Uzodinma stated the senator could approach the court if he feels his properties were sealed.
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