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Why you must not sell ‘forfeited properties’ – court warns Okorocha

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A Federal Superior Court that is located in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, ordered the former governor, Rochas Okorocha and his family, not to sell or dispose of any of the properties that were subject to a provisional court order pending the conclusion of the investigation by the Economic and Financial Department. Crime Commission, EFCC.

The President of the Supreme Court J. K. Omotosho also ordered the applicants, on Tuesday, September 17 or before, to deposit it in an affidavit of commitment and to be postponed until September 27 for his report.

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The anti-graft spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, revealed this in a statement in Abuja. Uwujaren added that the judge gave the Consequent Order while evicting the Provisional Order of July 25, losing five properties owned by Okorocha and his family to the Federal Government.

The properties are: Rochas Foundation College, Owerri, All in 1 Shopping Mall, East High Academy, East High College and Royal Spring Palm Hotel & Apartments.

But it was learned that Registered Trustees of Rochas Foundation College, All-in Limited, Royal Spring Palm Apartments Limited, Registered Trustees of Women of Divine Destiny Initiative and Uluoma Okorocha Nwosu contested the order on August 8, through five separate motions in notification praying to the court to evict the provisional confiscation order.

In addition, the commission in response filed affidavits against the motions of the applicants on August 19. However, EFCC said that when the case was presented for a hearing on August 21, the applicants informed the court that they were notified of the commission’s affidavits and requested a postponement granted by the court.

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However, when the case was filed on September 9, to hear the motions, the applicants submitted new affidavits and, in response to these new affidavits, the commission also filed affidavits against the affidavits of the applicants and delivered them The same day.

But according to reports, the applicant’s lawyer, Okey Amechi, SAN, informed Judge Omotosho that they had just been notified and the court postponed the case until Wednesday, September 11, for his hearing.

In addition, the EFCC stated: “After the court session, the applicants submitted the second affidavit to the commission at exactly 11:21 a.m.

“On Thursday, September 12, 2019, the Commission’s lawyer informed the Court that the applicants had given him his second additional affidavits and that he would need time to respond.

“The Court delivered to the Commission until Friday, September 13, 2019 to present its affidavits as an accountant, otherwise, it will issue a consequent order.

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“This was after the applicant’s lawyer called the attention of the court to the nature of the properties, one of which is a school that was scheduled to resume in September.

“On Friday, September 13, 2019, when the matter arose, the Commission’s lawyer informed the Court that he had not yet submitted his affidavits and the court issued the consequent order in relation to the nature of the properties involved.” Meanwhile, the commission said it was studying the subsequent court order.