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BREAKING NEWS: Okorocha Arrested By EFCC, Media Aide Claims He Was Invited |The Republican News

Senator Rochas Okorocha

Former Governor Of Imo, Senator Rochas Owelle Okorocha  Arrested By EFCC Over Money Laundering.

Okorocha was arrested On Tuesday April 13 2021 at his office Unity House located at Area 11 in the  Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.

Former Governor of Imo State Rochas  Owelle Okorocha has been arrested by the  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC)

A source speaking with The Republican News confirmed the arrest adding that it took about 5hrs before EFCC officials were able to effect the arrest.

Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC Spokesperson also confirming the news said,

“ Former Governor Rochas Okorocha has been arrested by our men”

In a hurriedly release press statement, which seems to be a PR damage control stunt, his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo claims that he was invited and he honoured the invitation.

The press release obtained by The Republican News reads as follows.

PRESS RELEASE

RE: SENATOR ROCHAS OKOROCHA AND HIS REPORTED INVITATION BY THE EFCC

We have been inundated with calls by Media Houses and Concerned Nigerians and beyond, trying to Confirm the reported invitation of Senator Rochas Okorocha by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, later today, being April 13, 2021,

The truth is that, Okorocha left as the governor of Imo State on May 28, 2019. And shortly after his exit as governor, Imo State Government wrote Petitions upon Petitions against him.

The EFCC investigated the petitions and has been in various Courts of the land with Okorocha, to that effect.

And if the EFCC has decided to invite Okorocha for Clarifications on the matters already in Courts, especially with a new Chairman at the helm of affairs at the Commission, there is nothing wrong with that.

The matters between EFCC and Okorocha over his governorship in Imo, have been pendent in various Courts of the land.

At the end of the day, we would know whether the Commission will be withdrawing the Cases in Courts, or would Continue with the Cases already in Courts.

But to us, the Commission is doing its job and should be given the needed cooperation. And Okorocha being a law-abiding Citizen, would always cooperate with the Commission over the Matters in Courts. EFCC is not a slaughter House, but a very responsible institution and should be seen as such.

We have no reason to complain about the invitation of today, which Okorocha honoured as patriotic and responsible Nigerian.

Like we Stated earlier, the Commission didn’t invite Okorocha today, for the first time.

Sam Onwuemeodo
Special Adviser on Media to the former Governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha

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Rochas Okorocha Behind Owerri Attacks, Declan Emelumba Alleges |The Republican News

Our reporter Owerri

The Imo state Government has accused a former governor of the state of allegedly being behind the incessant attacks on federal and state government facilities in the state.

The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba on Thursday an unnamed former governor of the state of masterminding the Monday’s attacks on Owerri Correctional Center, the state command headquarters and well as the attack on a military base at Ukwuorji on Owerri- Onitsha expressway.

He said the former governor engaged thugs whom he had earlier granted amnesty to unleash violence in the state to prod the federal government to declare a state of emergency in imo.

Emelumba, insisted that all that took place in the state last Monday had the aid of the former governor.

According to him, the fact that the former governor sponsored some northern youths who called for the declaration of a state of emergency in Imo barely hours after the attacks made him a culprit.

Emelumba alleged that the former governor wants to get back at Governor Hope Uzodinma for insisting on the implementation of the white paper that indicted him for looting the state and grabbing people’s lands.

“Recall that the man had gone to court to stop the commissions from sitting. When that failed, he approached Gov Hope Uzodinma to disband the panels, and when that failed,he resorted to violence to repossess property Government had sealed. That is the motive for the attacks”,he insisted.

The commissioner said all that happened on Monday were orchestrated to portray Uzodinma as an incompetent Governor as a prelude to the declaration of a state of emergency in imo by the federal government.

While brandishing a copy of a press conference by the northern youths where they castigated Uzodinma but praised the former governor, Emelumba said it was not a rocket science for people to know the person behind the attacks.

He added that it was not hy coincidence that the former governor has not condemned the attacks in Owerri on Monday ,insisting that he failed to do so because he knows something about the attacks “How come the former governor is not condemning the attacks if not because it is his brain child”

He disclosed that government was also in possession of information on how a special adviser to the former governor procured the thugs that invaded Owerri that Monday morning.

The Commissioner said he was sure that at the end of thorough investigation, the truth would come out that the desperation of the former governor to hold on to filched imo property has driven him to unleash violence and destabilise the state.

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Reactions Trail Judge’s Judgement Over Temporary Forfeiture Of Properties Illegally Acquired By Okorocha |RN

Reactions have continued to trail yesterday’s judgement in Imo that Okorocha forfeiture of properties acquired is wrong and that the government is wrong to have gone to seal properties without proper application and directions.

We have found out from the reactions of the court that it is true that the government in power is always in charge but also the same government should no that nobody is above the law and as such Imo government is expected to seek redress accordingly.

They did not place the facts before the Judge as the matter is before an appellate court and as such the judgement should be quashed.

An Owerri High Court presided over by Hon. Justice E.F Njemanze, today 24/2/2021 granted an Order of Interim forfeiture against all the property illegally acquired by former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha.

Ruling on an ex-parte application for an order for interim forfeiture, filed by L.M Alozie (SAN) on behalf of the Imo State Government, Justice Njemanze granted the order as prayed.

Some of the properties included in the order are: Eastern Palm University, Ogboko, Royal Palm Luxury Hotel, Akachi Road, Old Magistrates Quarters, Orlu Road and many other properties listed and recommended by Justice Duruoha-Igwe panel on illegally acquired landed property.

The Judge Ordered the Applicant, to publish the list of properties in two national and local newspapers to enable anyone who wants to stop making the Order permanent, or who has any interest in any, to apply to the court, and show cause, why, the order will not be made permanent.

By this recent development, we have investigated the proceedings and have this hint that the properties forfeited will henceforth bear Imo state government property and not Okorochas’ pending the final decision by the court.

Meanwhile, Barrister Obinna Amagwula has a contrary view on a radio chat where he insisted that the matter should not be taking to any other court since there is a pending order at a high court in Abuja.

Senator Okorocha loses out as court grants interim forfeiture of properties illegally acquired in Imo
That the order of forfeiture is unnecessary, hence on the 13 days of September 2019 a federal high court judge released this same property to the owners. That the court may not be aware that the same matter is pending at an appellate court of competent jurisdiction.

He further stated that those areas of land in the contest was a verge belonging to the state government which was converted and developed by the then governor Okorocha to make Imo fine.

Besides, it is true that the government has the right to allocate land for possible development.

That the obvious is that the matter is already in court.That the affidavit was not inclusive in the order and there is no fact but that the court may have been deceived.

That the government should wait for the EFCC report than a pending suit to conflict with the judicial procedure. Any order gotten therein will be paused. We need to see the order and the affidavit hence there is a suborder. (9News Nigeria)

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BREAKING NEWS: Rochas Okorocha Arrested, Detained At State CID In Owerri For Vandalism [Video] |The Republican News

Senator Rochas in police Hilux truck before being taken to police station in Owerri

Sen. Rochas Okorocha has been arrested by Imo state government for personally leading the destruction and vandalism of security vehicles and breaking into the property of Imo State government.

The former Governor this afternoon led armed thugs to break into the property of the state government, destroying security vehicles and other state government properties.

Rochas Okorocha being arrested in Owerri

He is currently being held and detained at the state Cid.

Details later…

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APC Hurriedly Formed To Grab Power, Says Okorocha As He Announces Formation Of A New Political Movement |RN

Sen. Rochas Okorocha

By  Eke Isaac

The former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, on Monday announced the plan by politicians and other concerned citizens to form a new political movement in Nigeria.

Okorocha, who disclosed this to journalists in Abuja, said the All Progressives Congress (APC) was hurriedly formed in 2014 to take power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) without taking into consideration the character of individuals championing the course.

He added that progressive-minded politicians perfected the plan in response to current state of the nation.

According to him, Nigerians are not satisfied with the current situation in the country.

Okorocha, who is representing the Imo West Senatorial District in the upper legislative chamber, is a founding member of the APC.

The ex-governor urged “all good politicians” in Nigeria to regroup in a bid to restore public confidence in governance and save the country.

He called for political reengineering and warned that Nigerians cannot be fooled again by mischievous politicians in 2023.

Okorocha said: “The movement for a new Nigeria has begun and we must come together, I mean progressive Nigerians to make the country work.

“The APC was a hurried arrangement. It was hurriedly formed to take power when the then government was drifting. APC would have been better until people who were not members of the party; people who came for congratulatory message hijacked the party and became lords.”

He pointed out that the new coalition is being championed by people with a proven track record of achievement and public spirit, saying it was no longer ideal to allow people without the genuine interest of the country to hijack power in the future.

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Imo Gubernatorial: Supreme Court Voids Candidature Of Okorocha’s Son-in-law, Uche Nwosu |The Republican News

Mr Uche Nwosu

The Supreme Court, on Friday, voided Rochas Okoracha’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance in the 2019 general elections in Imo State, over double nomination.

The apex court, in its judgment delivered by Justice Adamu Augie, upheld the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division.

News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the court had, about two months ago, upheld the decision of the Federal High Court, which also voided Nwosu’s candidature.

A chieftain of the Action Peoples Party, Mr Uche Nnadi, had dragged Nwosu to the Federal High Court where the court held that he was not qualified to stand for the election.

The court based its verdict on the fact that Nwosu already had a valid ticket of the All Progressives Congress.

Unsatisfied with the ruling of the Court, Nwosu approached the Court of Appeal to put the decision to further test.

The Court dismissed all issues raised by Nwosu in his appeal.

Not satisfied with the decision of the Court of Appeal, Nwosu headed for the apex court to upturn the decision of the lower court.

The Supreme Court, in its judgment, dismissed Nwosu’s appeal, saying that he could benefit from his iniquity.

The Court also dismissed the argument by Nwosu’s lawyer that the suit was statute-barred.

Justice Augie said, ”The appellant cannot be allowed to benefit from his own iniquity.

“The action is not caught up by limitation of time.

“This case rests on the issue of illegality and this court cannot be used to enforce illegalities.More in Home

“This appeal is hereby dismissed.”

In his reaction shortly after the judgment was delivered, the Chairman of the APC, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, said the implication was that all the votes given to Nwosu at that election were void votes.(NAN)

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Sen. Okorocha Congratulates Gov. Ihedioha Over His Victory At Election Petition Tribunal |RN

Governor of Imo state, H.E. Emeka Ihedioha, Sen. Rochas Okorocha

The immediate past governor of Imo state, a current senator representing Orlu North senatorial district, Rochas Okorocha congratulates the governor of Imo state, H.E. Emeka Ihedioha over his victory at the Election Petition Tribunal.

The congratulatory message was delivered and signed by his special adviser on media, Sam Onwuemedo

Below is the press statement.

PRESS RELEASE

SENATOR OKOROCHA CONGRATULATES GOV IHEDIOHA

SAYS TRIBUNAL JUDGEMENT IS VICTORY FOR DEMOCRACY

The immediate past governor of Imo state, Senator Rochas Okorocha has congratulated the governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha on his recent victory at the Election Petition Tribunal against his son in-law, Uche Nwosu.

Okorocha who currently represents Imo West senatorial zone at the red chamber, said that the judiciary had lived upto its responsibility of administering justice. He noted that the judiciary couldn’t have passed better judgment on the petition of his son inlaw.

Okorocha urged Uche Nwosu, who was the candidate of the Action Alliance, in the last election, to halt further moves that will pose distractions to the Rebuild Imo government.

The former governor revealed that he asked Uche Nwosu to accept the result of the last election and drop the idea of any litigation.

In his words, ” The court has given the expected judgment. As a seasoned politician and one with the knowledge of law, I counselled Uche Nwosu not to waste his time and resources pursuing a case that will certainly meet brick walls.”

He continued, “Those who advised Uche Nwosu to challenge the victory of Gov Ihedioha against my wish have furthered ridiculed the young man. What an elder see siting, a child can’t, standing. If even my son in-law appeals the judgement, he does not stand a chance.”

“This judgment has strengthened the nation’s democracy and restored hope on the judiciary. It is victory for Imo State, ” Okorocha concluded.

Signed:

Sam Onwuemedo

Special Adviser (Media) to the former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha.

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How Oshiomole, Magu Met And Strategised To Jail Me – Okorocha Reveals |The Republican News

Former governor of Imo state and Senator of Orlu west district, Rochas Okorocha

Former Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State says he got information from a top detective at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that the acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, were holding secret meetings on how to send him to jail.

“The arrowhead of this plot is Adams Oshiomhole. He has vowed that he will block you from realising your ambition and the first step towards achieving this was to make sure your preferred successor did not emerge. He has been having secret meetings with our Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, over your matter.

“One of my colleagues, Abdullahi, has been given the task to liaise with INEC and meet with one Aminu in the legal department of INEC and two powerful women in the department as well as some national commissioners over your matter.”

In his originating motion with suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/475/19, the former governor said he had come under serious attack from Oshiomhole because he worked against the latter’s bid to become the chairman of the APC.
In a supporting affidavit, Okorocha said Oshiomhole also blamed him for his detention by the Department of State Services during the build-up to the 2019 general elections.

The Imo-West senator said his wife, children and in-laws were already being targeted for arrest.

It stated further, “The plan has now reached a crescendo and desperation in view of the failure of the respondents to find anything incriminating against me and the decision was now taken by the instigator of the respondents is to arrest and detain me in Abuja.”
In a counter-affidavit, however, the EFCC denied all the allegations levelled against it by Okorocha.

In the counter-affidavit deposed to by one Samson Oloje, a litigation officer with the commission, the EFCC said Okorocha’s claim that an operative informed him of secret meetings between Oshiomhole and Magu was baseless.

The counter-affidavit read in part, “No operative of the 4th respondent (EFCC) called Musa Muhammed or by any other name sent a phone text message to the applicant in April 2019 or anytime material herein about any secret meeting involving the acting chairman of the 4th respondent and Adams Oshiomhole about plans being made by the 4th respondent in relation to the applicant (Okorocha).

“That no operative of the 4th respondent called Abdullahi or by any other name has been given the task to liaise with INEC, Aminu of INEC and/or any other person to decimate the applicant politically and/or annihilate him.”

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Rochas Okorocha Finally Sworn-in As Senator |The Republican News

Former governor of Imo state and a current senator , Rochas Okorocha

by Sunny Nzere

 

Former Governor of Imo state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has been sworn in as the Senator representing Imo West Senatorial district at the Red Chambers.

The swearing in took place today at the National Assembly and was conducted by the clerk of the senate, Nelson Ayewoh after Okorocha had signed the required documents.

Okorocha who has been on loggerheads with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, was on Tuesday issued his certificate of return as winner of the Imo West Senatorial Election.

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SHOCKING: [Photos] See Vandalism Left Behind By Okorocha At Imo Governor’s House |RN

By Ike A. Offor

The new governor of Imo state, H.E. Emeka Ihedioha took some dignitaries, press men and women around the state government house, formally known as Douglas House to show them the extent of unpatriotic vandalism left behind by the former governor, Rochas Okorocha. The site of the sheer vandalism carried out in the state house is mind-boggling that one wonders what is the ethnics for handing over to a new governor in the country.

The governor who took a tour of the entire Douglas House with the press men and women and other state dignitaries, looked very shocked at the state of the buildings and rooms.

Governor Ihedioha touring the Douglas House premises
The ceiling of this room was yanked off and the air conditioner destroyed

The destruction seemed deliberate to make sure that the incoming occupants will have a lot of works to do before settling in. Perhaps, this is a way of telling him that ‘I don’t like you’ kind of expression

Another ceiling seemed peeled and lightings removed
The generators obviously nowhere to be seen except their doors.
Could anyone imagine that this is a toilet in the governor’s house in Douglas House in Owerri?
This air conditioner is completely peeled off as if in an abandoned house.
This is the governor’s office
Tables, chairs and walls are in dilapidated condition.
Filthy broken tables, and very untidy floor with books, spent drugs sachets, books, cream bottles and many other items left on the floor
Gov. Ihedioha shocked by the cracks on the wall and the filthy nature of the entire room
Gov. Ihedioha with a shcoked facial expression and chating with pressmen and women
The ceiling completely dirtyand partly broken and peeled off and the chandelier masked by dust.
Governor Ihedioha touring the Douglas House building
Gov. Ihedioha with his wife and personal security behind him

Looking at this entire photos and the exact state of the buildings and their rooms, one wonders if the former governor and his family actually lived or used these rooms, toilets and other amenties in the entire premises.

Even if they were too rich to have lived somewhere else, why would a former governor hand over such dilapidated house or building to his successor?

This is clearly a deliberate destruction

Does it mean that there are no ethnics on what the state of the building and rooms should be before handing over to the next occupants?

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