Rochas Okorocha asked the court to overturn the property decisions of the Imo panels. He made the request in a motion on notice dated June 25, 2021 and filed by his lawyer, Oba Maduabuchi (SAN) The former governor ruled over Imo State from June 2006 and May 2019.
Okorocha is pleading with the court to overturn the Imo panel’s property findings.
Rochas Okorocha, the former governor of Imo State, petitioned the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday to set aside the state government’s seizure of some of his property.
During the hearing and determination of the substantive on the subject, the ex-governor also sought Justice Ahmed Mohammed to stop the state government from investigating him or implementing the findings of the seven panels set up to investigate his administration.
Okorocha, who was governor of Imo State from June 2006 to May 2019, made the request in a move on notice submitted by his counsel, Oba Maduabuchi, on June 25, 2021. (SAN).
In an action marked FHC/ABJ/CS/558/2020 filed on May 28, 2020, the Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District sought the court to stop the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other authorities from investigating him.
The complaint names the EFCC, the Imo State Attorney General, and members of the seven panels established by Governor Hope Uzodinma to investigate prior administrations in the state as respondents.
On Tuesday, however, just the EFCC was represented in court.
Despite the white paper released by the government committees, Maduabuchi informed the court, the latest application aimed to restore the status quo.
“It is odd that the state attorney general, who has been served with processes in the litigation since last year, has not filed anything,” he said.
After the court granted a stay of actions against the panels, the panels promptly hastened their processes and completed their findings, according to the counsel.
Madubuachi stated, “Copies of the white paper issued by the panels were presented in the application.”
He said that the EFCC had always been present in court and had filed a defense.
“They can go to hell for the attorney general and the panels.
He said, “But I know my lord is not utterly impotent.”
G.C. Ofulue, an EFCC lawyer, did not object to Maduabuchi’s application.
The matter was delayed until July 15 for a hearing on the plaintiff’s motion on notice.
He further ordered that the respondents be served with hearing notices.
Eastern Palm University, Ogboko; Royal Spring Palm Hotels and Apartments, Akachi Road, Owerri, Imo; Imo Broadcasting Corporation Staff Quarters, Orji; or Rochas Foundation College, Orji were among the properties cited in the motion.
Plot 5 Naze Residential Layout, as well as all of the properties listed on pages 226 to 272 of the government white paper on the Florence Duruoha Igwe judicial Commission of enquiry into Land Administration in Imo State from June 2006 to May 2019, are among the others.