A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday refused to grant an order of interim injunction sought by former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, and the Imo State Government stopping them from confiscating his properties located in various parts of the country.
Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed held that granting the order during various challenges to the court jurisdiction in the matter will not be in the interest of justice, Daily Post has reported.
August 24 has been fixed for the hearing of the challenge by EFCC and Imo State government that the motion on notice filed by Okorocha cannot be heard during court vacation.
Okorocha had asked the court to issue a restraining order against the EFCC and Imo State Government from further interfering and confiscating his properties located in various parts of the country.
Okorocha, who currently represents Imo West Senatorial district in the Senate, sought the order of the court to preserve his properties pending the resolution of ongoing court cases.
Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Sunday dismissed claims that Rochas Okorocha, Imo West Senator, gave the group N500 million.
Kanu insisted that IPOB has never received any cash donation or financial assistance from Owelle Rochas Okorocha.
There are reports that the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma had accused Okorocha of donating the huge sum to the seperatist group.
However, Kanu, in a statement by IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful stressed that both Uzodinma and Okorocha can not bankroll the group.
A statement by Powerful reads: “The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the global command of great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has been drawn to the ridiculous claims by the Supreme Court Administrator of Imo State, Hopeless Uzodima, that former Governor of the state Rochas Okorocha gave N500 million to IPOB.
“We, therefore, wish to clarify that we never received any financial payment, donation or gift from Okorocha.We have nothing to do with Owelle Rochas Okorocha
“The truth remains that Okorocha cannot bankroll IPOB. Frankly speaking he doesn’t have the financial power to bankroll the largest mass movement in the world.
Hope Uzodinm should better fight his battle with Okorocha and leave IPOB out of his fight and battle with Okorocha. Hope Uzodinma is not good enough to receive our attention.”
Meanwhile, Okorocha had denied donating N500million to IPOB while he was the governor of the state.
The Senator had said the Uzodinma’s administration was rattled by his recent television interview, where he explained how he managed IPOB during his tenure as governor.
The lawmaker representing Imo West in the National Assembly, Senator Rochas Okorocha has said that Nigeria loses billions of dollars from cattle business, urging the Federal Government to invest in the business.
He stated this during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, noting if cattle business is being tapped well, it could create one million jobs for Nigerians.
“Do you know how many billions of dollars this nation is missing by not doing this business of cattle in the Federal Republic of Nigeria?” he asked.
“This business of cattle can create one million jobs for Nigerians if well managed. I wish Nigerians can call me or the governor will call me and say ‘look Rochas, the N76billion we want to give to youths and share, take it and fix the cattle business.’”
“If I don’t create one million jobs within the shortest possible time, then know I am not Rochas. This is business. Poor people will say ‘see money and people are just joking with it.’”
When asked if President Muhammadu Buhari administration has failed Nigerians in addressing the worsening insecurity, the economy and other sectors, Okorocha did not reply in the affirmative or negative.
While stressing that if President Buhari has failed, then the failure is collective, Okorocha advised that the nation’s challenges should not be politicised.
He also commended the 17 southern governors for meeting in Asaba, the Delta State capital to discuss sensitive issues that concern their region, describing the meeting as the first in the nation’s history.
Okorocha, who is the former governor of Imo State, said the call for a dialogue by the regional governors is a call for peace rather than war.
“What I understand from this whole meeting is that things are not well and I like the term they used – National Dialogue.
“Dialogue means there is something you are doing that I don’t like and there is something you are doing I don’t like, can we come under a round table and discuss it?
“That is a call for peace and not a call for war. So that should not be taken out of context and does not look like polarisation. I don’t think that is the intention.”
Okorocha’s remarks come five days after the southern governors agreed on restructuring, open grazing ban, among other issues.
The governors also asked President Muhammadu Buhari to convoke a national dialogue to address widespread agitations amongst various groups in the region.
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
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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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.
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.
Special Adviser (Media) to the former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha.
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