Imo State High Court has ordered a permanent forfeiture of properties belonging to the former governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha and his wife, Nkechi.
Gatekeepers News reports that Justice Fred Njemanze made the forfeiture order on Monday, a day before his retirement.
The Judge ordered a permanent forfeiture of all the properties contained on 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 about 47 were said to belong to the members of the Okorocha’s family and associates.
The Judge held that Okorocha failed to convince the court on why a final forfeiture order would not be made with respect to the properties in question.
Njemanze said: “There is no reason before me on why the forfeiture should not be made absolute and final. Every every property on pages 226 to 272 of the white paper has been forfeited to the Imo State Government and they can do with it whatever they deem fit.”
Gatekeepers News gathered that 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; Public building plot B/2 Otamiri South Extension Layout given to the ministry of women affairs for establishing a skills acquisition centre for women, allegedly acquired for the benefit of Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha’s all-in stall, Aba road, Plot P5, Naze residential layout, initially part of primary school management board but now annexed to All-In Stall, Aba Road, belonging to Nkechi.