An Owerri High Court has ordered the final and absolute forfeiture of Royal Palm Springs Hotel and other properties linked to former governor Rochas Okorocha and other members of his family.
The forfeited properties are listed in the Imo state government white paper report on recovery of lands and other related matters.
In his ruling, Justice Fred Njemanze said Okorocha’s counsel failed to give concrete and verifiable reasons why a final and absolute forfeiture order should not be given in favour of the Imo state government.
He added that the suit by Okorocha’s counsel was not properly filed and that the Imo state government can go ahead and do whatever it deems fit with the properties.
The judge also ruled that persons who might have purchased said properties are at liberty to approach the court to prove their titles.
The properties include Eastern Palm University, Ogboko; Royal Spring Palm Hotels and Apartments; IBC staff quarters illegally acquired for the purpose of Rochas Foundation College, Owerri; magistrate quarters, Orlu road/cooperative office/Girls Guide illegally 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, illegally acquired for the benefit of Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha’s all-in stall, Aba road.
Others are Plot P5, Naze residential layout, initially part of primary school management board but now annexed to all-in stall, Aba road belonging to Nkechi Okorocha, and all the properties contained from pages 226 to 272 of the government white paper on the recommendation of the judicial commission of inquiry into land administration in Imo state from June 2006 to May 2019.