Imo State High Court Orders Final Forfeiture of Properties Linked to Rochas Okorocha, Wife

Justice Fred Njemanze of the Imo State High Court has ordered a permanent forfeiture of Royal Spring Palm Estate linked to the wife of a former governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha.

The judge also ordered that the Eastern Palm University, Ogboko belonging to the Rochas Foundation to be forfeited permanently to the state government.

The justice, who is due for retirement today also ordered a final forfeiture of all the properties contained in pages 226 to 272 of the state government white paper on recovery of lands and properties allegedly belonging to the state government.

The properties which were not less than 47 were said to belong to the members of the Okorocha’s family and associates.

Njemanze held that Okorocha failed to convince the court on why a final forfeiture order would not be made in respect to the properties in question.

Some of the properties to be forfeited include, Eastern Palm University, Ogboko; Royal Spring Palm Hotels and Apartments; IBC staff quarters said to have been illegally acquired for the purpose of Rochas Foundation College, Owerri magistrate quarters, Orlu road/cooperative office/Girls Guide allegedly converted to private use housing market square, Kilimanjaro eatery amongst others.

Addressing Journalists at the court premises, counsel to Okorocha’s wife, Oba Maduagwu, SAN, said that the order was an abuse of court procedure.

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