The Federal high court sitting in the federal capital, Abuja has declined the application of former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, seeking to stop the EFCC and Imo State Government from further confiscating his properties located in various parts of the country.
Rochas Okorocha, currently representing Imo West senatorial district sought the order of the court to preserve his properties pending the resolution of court cases ongoing in the matter.
The former governor has in the last one year been under severe scrutiny by the governments after him in Imo state.
He is accused of massively embezzling state funds and diverting property collectively owned to his private estate.
Senator Okorocha in his application said that his properties have been marked in several states for confiscation adding that unless the preservative order was issued against EFCC and Imo State, he will suffer double jeopardy
In his response counsel to the EFCC and Imo state government vehemently opposed the application on the ground that the court has no jurisdiction to hear Mr Okorocha’s suit.
They further argued that Sen. Okorocha did not meet the condition precedent for the matter to be heard during vacation adding that the fiat of the Chief Judge ought to be sought and obtained before such matter can be heard during vacation.
On Monday, August 9, an Imo state high court ordered the permanent forfeiture of properties linked to the former governor believed to have been diverted from the state.
With the latest order of the court, the EFCC and the Imo state government may continue with the drive to recover more property from the former governor who fell out with his party, the APC, after his in-law was denied the governorship ticket in 2019.