The ultimate forfeiture of Royal Palm Springs Hotel and different properties that belong to Senator Rochas Okorocha and different members of his household has been ordered by the state High Court in Owerri, Imo State.
Justice Fred Njemanze (who was sitting as a trip Judge) said that Okorocha’s counsel failed to present concrete and verifiable the explanation why a ultimate and absolute forfeiture order shouldn’t be given in favour of the Imo State Government.
The justice, who famous that the swimsuit filed towards Imo State Government by Okorocha’s counsel was not correctly filed, described it as irrelevant to the matter.
He maintained that the White Paper Gazette by the Imo State Government is a authorized binding doc.
“There was no concrete reason before the court why the forfeiture should not be made absolute and final. Hence, the Imo State Government can go ahead and do whatever it deems fit to do with the properties” he mentioned.
The properties have been returned to the Imo State Government.
Justice Njamanze had on February 26 given an interim order of forfeiture on the properties, urging Okorocha to strategy the court docket to show his case as to why a ultimate and absolute order of forfeiture shouldn’t be given over the properties following an software introduced by Louis Alozie (SAN) on behalf of the state authorities.
This prompted Okorocha’s counsel to file a preliminary injunction to cease the ultimate forfeiture citing forceful eviction and that the swimsuit by the Imo State Government was not correctly instituted.
The forfeited properties are mentioned to be contained in pages 226 to 272 of the Imo State Government White Paper report by a Judicial Commission of Enquiry on Recovery of Lands and different associated issues.
Some of the properties forfeited embody;
— Eastern Palm University, Ogboko
— Royal Spring Palm Hotels and Apartments
— IBC employees quarters mentioned to have been illegally acquired for the aim of Rochas Foundation College
— Owerri Magistrate Quarters, Orlu Road/Cooperative Office/Girls Guide allegedly transformed to personal use housing Market Square and Kilimanjaro Eatery
— Public constructing located at plot B/2 Otamiri South Extension Layout given to the Ministry of Women Affairs for establishing a abilities acquisition centre for ladies, allegedly acquired for the good thing about Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha’s All-In Mall alongside Aba highway.
— Plot P5, Naze Residential Layout, initially a part of Primary School Management Board however now annexed to All-In Mall alongside Aba Road, belonging to Mrs Nkechi Okorocha
— And all of the properties contained from pages 226 to 272 of the federal government white paper on the advice of the judicial fee of inquiry into land administration in Imo State from June 2006 to May 2019.