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What Okorocha May Do After Court Ordered The Forfeiture Of His Properties To Imo State Government

A Federal High Court had yesterday ordered the forfeiture of some properties belonging to Senator Rochas Okorocha to the Imo State Government.

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The presiding Judge of the Federal High Court sitting in Owerri, Justice Fred Njemanze ruled that Okorocha's counsel failed to convince the court why the properties should not be forfeited to Imo State Government following a white paper report which is binding and legally acceptable. With that, the Judge ruled that Okorocha's defense is not relevant and acceptable in law. Consequently, Okorocha was ordered to forfeit some properties including Royal Palms Spring Hotel, Estate Palm University, Ogboko and many others according to a report by LIB.

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What Okorocha may do next after that judgment.

The next step Okorocha is most likely to take is to appeal the judgment. From the start, Okorocha had vowed that he would not lose his property to Imo State government under the leadership of his political opponent, Governor Hope Uzodinma. In fact, Okorocha had described his prosecution and moves to make him lose his properties as political persecution. The issues has been on as they battle for who will win the case.

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As a matter of fact, Okorocha has two more legal options to explore as permitted by law. He can appeal the judgement at the Court of Appeal since the judgment was given by a High Court. After the Court of Appeal stage, Okorocha can as well get to Supreme Court if he still feels that he needs a redress. That is, if he is not satisfied with the ruling of the both the High Court and the one the the Court of Appeal may give.

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Okorocha has maintained that he did nothing wrong and that he bought the properties legally whereas the Imo State Government claims that Okorocha appropriated the property to himself during his reign as the Governor of the state. The Whitepaper by the state government as at when Emeka Ihedioha was the Governor indicted Okorocha.

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Now, the current Governor Uzodinma vowed that he will follow the Whitepaper recommendations and ensure that all the properties of Imo State Government would be recovered from Okorocha. The High Court has already given a favourable judgment in the case. It is left to be seen how the appeals will go. Will Okorocha succeed or still lose when he appeals against the judgment?

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