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Breaking: Court refuses to grant Okorocha order to stop EFCC, Imo govt from further confiscation of properties

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By Yemi Oyeyemi, Abuja

Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed of the Federal high court in Abuja on Wednesday refused to grant order of interim injunction sought by former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFFCC and Imo State government to stop them from further interfering and confiscating his properties located in various parts of the country.

The Judge held that granting the order during various challenges to the court jurisdiction in the matter will not be in the interest of justice.

Justice Mohammed rather fixed August 24 to first hear the challenge by EFCC and Imo State government that the motion on notice filed by Okorocha cannot be heard during court vacation.

Okorocha on Wednesday in Abuja had asked the high court to issue a restraining order against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFFCC and Imo State government from further interfering and confiscating his properties located in various parts of the country.

Okorocha currently representing Imo West Senatorial district in the Senate sought the order of the Court to preserve his properties pending the resolution of court cases on-going in the matter.

He complained bitterly that his properties have been marked in several states for confiscation adding that unless the preservative order was issued against EFCC and Imo government, he would be prejudiced.

His motion on notice for the sought court order was filed by his counsel and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Oba Maduabuchi.

His request was vehemently opposed by EFCC and Imo State government on the ground that the court has no jurisdiction to hear Okorocha’s suit.

EFCC and Imo state government are contending that the suit was not the type that can be heard during court vacation.

They further argued that Okorocha did not meet the condition precedent for the matter to be heard during vacation adding that the Fiat of the Chief Judge of the federal high court ought to be sought and obtained before such matter can be heard during vacation.

EFCC and Imo government cited Order 46 Rule 5 of the Federal high court civil procedures Rule 2019 allegedly breached by Okorocha while filing the fresh motion.

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