Okorocha Has Gone Home From EFCC Office, Says Media Aide

Ex-Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

 

Senator Rochas Okorocha has left the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and is now in his own house. 

This is according to Sam Onwuemeodo, the special adviser on media, to the former Imo State Governor.

According to Onwuemeodo’ss communique, the Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District left the EFCC’s office, on the afternoon of Thursday, April 15, 2021.

In reaction to Okorocha’s trip to the EFCC office, the lawmaker’s team had assured that the former Imo State Governor would fully cooperate with the agents of the agency since it was operating within the ambit of the law establishing it.


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Okorocha’s aide’s statement on the matter notes that the distinguished Senator lived up to that vow.

“We didn’t bother about whether he spent 24 hours or 48 hours at the Commission’s office. We were only keen on his having the needed opportunity to address the allegations contained in the avalanche of petitions written by the Imo State Government, against the former governor.

“Remember also that, we had alluded that, EFCC was not a slaughterhouse, but a responsible institution, established for the good of the nation and her people. And Okorocha being in his house today, only confirmed our hypothesis that, indeed, the Commission’s office is not an abattoir,” the communique stated.

Imo Govt Revokes 50 Plots Of Land Allegedly Belonging To Okorocha’s Sister

Ex-Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

 

 

The Imo State government through the Imo state housing corporation has revoked 50 plots of land allegedly belonging to the former governor, Rochas Okorocha’s elder Geraldine Obinali.

According to a statement issued by the General Manager of the Imo State Housing Corporation Chinedu Mbakwe-Obi, the said plots of land located at redemption housing estate Phase 3 in Owerri was issued to her under the Okorocha led administration for the sole purpose of providing infrastructural facilities in the estates but was never carried out.

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Sequel to all legal actions taken to notify Jessdean Ventures Ltd. of No. 3 Okeoma Close, Trans-Egbu Layout, Owerri owned by Geraldine Obinali(Nee Okorocha), We hereby revoke the following plot numbers in Redemption Housing Estate Phase III issued to her for the sole purpose of providing infrastructural facilities in the Estates which was never carried out.

The Corporation, however, calls on the General Public especially indigenes of the state that is if anybody has transacted business in related to the land in question to immediately come to the Imo State Housing Corporation with original papers for ratifications.

Court Orders Forfeiture Of Ex-Imo Governor Okorocha’s Properties 

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A file photo of a court gavel.

 

The Imo State High Court in Owerri on Thursday ordered an interim forfeiture of all properties said to be illegally acquired by a former governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, while he was in office from 2011 to 2019.

Justice Fred Njemanze gave the order following an application brought by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Louis Alozie on behalf of the state government.

 

Ex-Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

 

Some of the properties listed in the suit include the Eastern Palm University, Ogboko; the controversial 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 among others.

The suit had Senator Okorocha’s wife, Nkechi, incorporated trustees of Rochas Foundation and Senator Okorocha himself as the first, second and third respondents against the attorney-general of the state.

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Okorocha and the Imo State Government have been at loggerheads in recent times. Earlier in the week, the lawmaker was arrested by the police for unsealing a seized property.

He was arrested on Sunday after unsealing Royal Spring Palm Estate reportedly linked to his wife, Nkechi.

Okorocha was said to have gone to the estate with his supporters, policemen, soldiers and personnel of the National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and ordered the unsealing of the estate.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the arrest to Channels Television.

Ikeokwu said the Commissioner of Police, Nasiru Mohammed, invited Okorocha for questioning following his alleged involvement and forceful entry into a property that was confiscated by the Imo state government a few days ago.

The police spokesman said the command received a distress call that there was commotion and violence at the Royal spring palm hotel located at Akachi road in Owerri.

 

 

Okorocha Will Be Charged To Court If He Committed An Offence – Police

 

The Imo State police command has said it will not hesitate to charge Senator Rochas Okorocha to court if investigations reveal that he committed an offence on Sunday while trying to unseal the Royal Spring Palm Estate which is reportedly linked to his wife, Nkechi.

Police spokesman Orlando Ikeokwu who made this known while featuring on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily said the Force will charge anybody found culpable, adding that if an investigation proves that Okorocha has committed an offence, he will be charged to court.

Okorocha was arrested after he went to the Royal Spring Palm with his supporters, policemen, soldiers and personnel of the National Security and Civil Defence Corps and ordered the unsealing of the estate.

Commenting on his arrest, Okorocha had alleged that his predecessor, Governor Hope Uzodimma, attacked him with “more than 1,000 thugs” but the state Commissioner for Information, Declan Emelumba, dismissed Okorocha’s claim, stressing that the former governor’s arrest was in line with the report of a White Paper, which indicated that the Royal Palm Estate was built with taxpayers’ money and not Okorocha wife’s property.

Police say Okorocha has since been released, while an investigation into the matter is ongoing.

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Meanwhile, a Magistrate Court in Owerri has granted bail to an aide of ex-Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha and 13 others a ₦5m bond bail on each of the defendants.

The magistrate, B.U Adikaibe, who ruled on the bail application made for the release of the defendants also insisted that a traditional ruler in the state or a member of his cabinet must stand in as a surety.

Justice Adikaibe said the decision to grant the bail application by the counsel to the defendant, Eddy Onyema is owing to the fact that the charges against the defendants are not capital criminal offenses and are all bailable offenses even though the prosecuting counsel had earlier objected to the bail.

The 14 persons were arraigned before the court by the state Commissioner of Police, Nasiru Mohammed over 6- count charge.

The charges bother on conspiracy, disobedience to lawful order, willingly and unlawful destruction of the official seal of the Imo State Government, conduct capable of causing a breach of peace, unlawful Possession of firearms, and a defamatory action on social media against the Governor of Imo State with intent to injure the reputation of the state govt and person of Governor Hope Uzodimma.

Senate Asks FG To Provide Alternative Sources Of Livelihood For Beggars

 

The Senate has urged the Federal Government to come up with a new policy and initiatives that will create alternative sources of livelihood for beggars in Nigeria. 

During plenary on Thursday,  the Senate also asked the Federal Government to integrate almajiris into the educational system in order to mop them from street begging.

This call comes on the heels of a motion sponsored by Senator Sankara Abdullahi, representing Jigawa North-west Senatorial district alongside 28 others.

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The lawmakers expressed concern that street begging by the almajiris has seen a great increase in recent times.

According to the motion, street begging was not only a scourge in Nigeria, but begging activities has extended to worship centres, thereby making it look like an Islamic culture.

“Notes with concern the exponential increase in the scourge of street begging and the nuisance it constitutes on the streets of major cities across the country. ”

Senator Sankara said begging used to be an activity of the physically challenged in the past, but has changed to corporate form as a result of sympathy of the society.

According to him, corporate beggars in Nigeria have taken advantage of begging to perpetuate crimes and remain jobless because they were getting cheap assistance.

In his contribution, Senator Rochas Okorocha asked that tax incentives should be given to charity organizations who are willing to take children off the streets and give them meaningful lives.

The former Imo State governor asked the Senate to look for new ways to proffer solutions that will help generate funds to support the needs of Nigerians, to create jobs and put food on the table of the masses.

Okorocha Calls For One Senator Per State

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Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha (file)

 

Senator Rochas Okorocha has said that the Senate must begin to make sacrifice and aid in cutting down the cost of governance by having just one Senatorial representative instead of three per state.

Mr Okorocha, the senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, argued for the cut in the cost of running the legislature during plenary on Thursday in reaction to the report presented by the Committee on Finance and National Planning on the 2020-2022 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Planning Strategy Paper (FSP).

Okorocha said, “We must begin to make sacrifice and cut down our cost of governance by having just one (1) Senatorial representative instead of three (3) per state. We should fund the productive sector of our economy.

“Here, we have three senators per state. In that National Assembly (House of Representatives) over there, we have 360 eligible human beings. This country must begin to make sacrifices and cut down the cost of governance.

“I do not know what we are doing differently today in the 9th Senate from what we did in the 8th Senate and what we did in the 7th Senate, 6th Senate and so forth and so on. And if what we are doing today is similar to what we did in the 8th Senate be rest assured the product will be the same.”

He also asked that tax incentives should be given to charity organizations who are willing to take children off the streets and give them meaningful lives.

The former Imo State governor asked the Senate to look for new ways to proffer solutions that will help generate funds to support the needs of Nigerians, to create jobs and put food on the table of the masses.

Federal Government Has Been Generous To All States – Osinbajo

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the Buhari-led Government has been generous to all 36 states within the Federation. 

Osinbajo said this in Imo State on Thursday, while addressing a crowd at the commissioning of Mother and Child Hospital located in the State‘s capital, Owerri.

At the commissioning exercise where he represented President Muhammadu Buhari, Osinbajo noted that the series of projects executed by Governor Rochas Okorocha, are laudable but it won’t be out of place to point out that the Federal Government has been good to Imo and every other state in the country.

“The Federal Government has been extremely generous not just in Imo State but all other states,” the Vice President said.

Osinbajo thanked the First Lady of the state for being the inspiration for the Mother and Child Project which would be of great benefit to expectant mothers and children.

He also said that the hospital project encapsulates the passion of Governor Okorocha for people of the state especially those who cannot afford many of the services and things that will make them comfortable.

The Vice President commended the project and the many initiatives of Okorocha, noting that if governors are sincere to themselves, they will be able to deliver the dividends of democracy to their people.

“The Federal Government and indeed the APC family are proud of you. By what you have achieved, it is possible for governors to develop their respective states without looking for assistance from the Federal Government.”

On his part, Governor Okorocha thanked Professor Yemi Osinbajo who had earlier visited the state to commission other projects.

Okorocha said there are more projects to be commissioned and hoped that when called upon the Presidency would as always show support.

Some of the recent projects commissioned in Imo State include the Sam Mbakwe Airport, New Police Headquarters and Mother and Child Hospital, all located in the state capital, Owerri.

Magu Speaks About EFCC Probe Of Saraki, Okorocha, Naira Marley

 

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, has been speaking about the latest efforts by the agency to fight corruption in the country.

He says the commission is more determined to unravel more cases of money laundering and financial crimes allegedly committed by some prominent Nigerians.

In this interview with Channels Television’s London correspondent, Juliana Olayinka, Mr Magu confirmed that an investigation is underway involving the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha.

Asked if an investigation is ongoing regarding the governor, he responded, “definitely”.

“Of course, we are doing a couple of checks and investigations here and there. We are investigating almost everybody,” the EFCC boss added.

He also explained that there is nothing personal in the EFCC’s probe of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.

The EFCC boss described the case involving rising star Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, as most unfortunate.

 

 

Osinbajo Receives Imo Merit Award

 

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been conferred the award of Grande Chancellor of Imo State.

Professor Osinbajo was conferred the honour at the Imo Merit Award ceremony which held in the state on Friday, May 17.

At the ceremony, Governor Rochas Okorocha who was the chief host, said the Vice President was being honored for his selfless services to the Nigerian people.

He urged young Nigerians to study and follow the footsteps of the Vice President who he described as a humble man with numerous achievements beneath his belt.

In his appreciation speech, Vice President Osinbajo said the award which came too him as a surprise, was a pleasant one.

Osinbajo said it is a great privilege and an honour to have been conferred with the “Unique recognition”.

“I must confess that I am most pleasantly surprised by this conferment,” Osinbajo said.

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He thanked the governor, the government and people of Imo State for the award and dedicated the honour to all Nigerians who are giving back selflessly to the society.

Osinabjo urged Nigerians to be more patriotic and give back to the nation.

“Having said all these, let me say that our nation, this nation which we all call ours deserve the very best that each and every one of us can give it….

“Wherever we find ourselves, it is important for us to recognise that true greatness, true significance, true contribution to our country does not require us to be Governors, Presidents or Vice Presidents, it only requires us to be concerned about the other person, to be concerned about how other people live, to be concerned about the down trodden  and those who cannot help themselves; and to be concerned about selfless service.”

Osinbajo’s award comes on the heels of the official commissioning of the Imo International Exhibition Centre in Owerri the state capital.

Osinbajo who was chief guest at the commissioning exercise commended the Imo State governor.

He said Okorocha’s legacy projects will be remembered for many years to come.

‘No Imo Governor Will Think Of Building Any Hospital In 50 Years’ – Okorocha

Rochas Okorocha

 

The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has boasted of his achievements in the health sector in the state.

Governor Okorocha stated that his administration has built enough hospitals and the next government coming in only has to maintain it.

“Today I am proud to say that no governor would ever think about building any hospital again in the next 50 years because the issue of hospital in this land has been sealed, signed and delivered.

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“With the two 1,000 bed hospital on Douglas road, the Somto hospital and the mother and child, the 27 General Hospitals, and the diagnostics centres, there will be no more hospitals to build in Imo State only to maintain”.

He stated this on Wednesday during the inauguration of the newly built Justice Oputa High Court Complex in Owerri, the state capital.

Governor Okorocha while listing his administration used the opportunity to apologise to judges and lawyers in the state for not meeting up with their demands and all they have beckoned on him for.

He said, “I have not met up with the demands of the judges of Imo State, neither I have I met up with all that they have asked me to do for them.

“But I believe that by the time they come into this office, they might forget and forgive that there is something better for the future than what we are asking for today”

The governor also promised lawyers and judges to clear up all outstanding salaries in the state.

“Before I leave next week I will make sure I clear all your outstanding which the CJ has reminded me about”.

‘I Have Not Met Up With The Demands Of Imo State Judges’ – Okorocha

 

The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has apologised to judges and lawyers in the state for not meeting up with their demands and all they have beckoned on him for.

Governor Okorocha tendered his apology on Wednesday during the inauguration of the newly built Justice Oputa High Court Complex in Owerri, the state capital.

He said, “I have not met up with the demands of the judges of Imo State, neither I have I met up with all that they have asked me to do for them.

“But I believe that by the time they come into this office, they might forget and forgive that there is something better for the future than what we are asking for today”.

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Newly Built Oputa Complex

Listing his achievements in the state the governor said he has given the capital a facelift and urged all residents to embrace his achievements.

“I have given Owerri a new life and now Owerri is functioning.

“Our real estate is growing in a geometrical progression.

“I have turned land into capital as wealth set aside for the production of other wealth

“Only in Imo state is judged the fastest growing city outside Lagos and Abuja”

The governor whose tenure will be expiring on May 29, boasted of his administrative achievement in giving free education.

“You will remember me for the free education, for the past 8 years none of our children in primary, secondary or territory institution has paid school fees.

“We have produced more lawyers and judges which shall take after from you when the time comes.

“Our projects are there to speak for us”.

On the state health sector, he said his administration has built enough hospitals in the state adding that what is left for the incoming government is to maintain.

“Today I am proud to say that no governor would ever think about building any hospital again in the next 50 years because the issue of hospital in this land has been sealed signed and delivered”.

While rounding up his speech the governor promised lawyers and judges to clear up all outstanding salaries in the state.

“Before I leave next week I will make sure I clear all your outstanding which the CJ has reminded me about”, he added.

Imo Senatorial Elections: Okorocha Petitions INEC Over Withholding Certificate Of Return

No Certificate Of Return For Okorocha, INEC Insists
Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha (file)

 

Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha has petitioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over withholding his certificate of return for the Imo West Senatorial District.

Okorocha urged the chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu to release the certificate of return without delay.

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Okorocha explained that the position of the returning officer who had alleged announcing results under duress, after announcing him the winner of the Imo West Senatorial district at the February 23, 2019 elections.

The petition by Okorocha raises concerns over an alleged conspiracy with political opponents and the commission. It added that INEC has no jurisdiction to question the authenticity of the election.