Court dismisses appeal filed by Imo govt over Seizure of Okorocha’s properties

The Court of Appeal on Wednesday dismissed the appeal filed by the Attorney General of Imo State and forty others challenging the ruling of an Owerri Federal High Court, which granted Senator Rochas Okorocha the leave to amend processes filed before the Court.

Presiding Judge in the Suit with Suit No:CA/ABJ/CV/942/2020, Justice Dattijo Yahaya, dismissed the appeal, following a notice of discontinuance dated and filed on March 16 by the Attorney General of Imo State, Cyprain Akaolisa, on behalf of the appellants.

Counsel to Senator Rochas Okorocha, Oba Maduabuchi, opposed the withdrawal of the appeal on the ground that the appellants want to deceive the Court by pretending to discontinue the appeal and go back to Imo State and complete what they intend to do before returning to the Court.

He said the appellants were only interested in humiliating the Senator by marking his properties and those of his associates for demolition during the pendency of the suit before a Federal High Court in Owerri and the appeal before the Court of Appeal.

The Presiding Judge however struck out the appeal on the premise that an appellant has the right to withdraw an appeal following a notice of discontinuance properly filed before the Court.

Speaking to journalists shortly after the ruling, Okorocha’s Counsel, stated that, “the appeal was against the ruling of a lower Court allowing us to amend our processes. Imo State government jumped to the Court of Appeal, saying that it was wrong to allow us to amend our processes.

“They filed their brief; I filed my brief and filed an objection that the appeal is incompetent. Then we filed a motion that every step they have taken, including the arrest and humiliation of Rochas Okorocha during the pendency of this matter must be set aside by the Court of Appeal. We served them with that Motion, they have not filed a counter to it, they went ahead to mark properties belonging to has and his associates for demolition based upon the proceedings of the panels of inquiry that took place during the pendency of both this Appeal and the matter in the lower Court, which is abuse of process of Court.”

He continued that, “now they have achieved their objective which is to humiliate Rochas, to take over his properties, they have withdrawn the appeal, so what can be more abusive of the process of Court than that.

“When the matter is pending in the Court of Appeal you go and round up proceeding in your panel on enquiry, while the matter is pending in the Court of Appeal you go and forfeit the properties of Rochas Okorocha, you went and Mark his properties for demolition. This is the impunity we have been shouting about, people do things the way they want to do it and not the way the law the law asked them to do it.

“How can you file an appeal you know is incompetent, then while the appeal is pending in the Court of Appeal, you know ask your panels of inquiry to conclude and submit their reports and you issues white paper, seal people’s houses, mark them for demolition while the appeal is pending in the Court of Appeal, that is obviously an abuse of Court process.”

2 thoughts on “Court dismisses appeal filed by Imo govt over Seizure of Okorocha’s properties

  1. Impunity is an ingredient of illiteracy. Severally I have said anyone accompanying a criminal is a criminal.
    No man of self-respect can afford to join the present govt in imo state. The joiner is either not contented, coward or as illiterate or ignorant as the leader. This is a man who ascend unto thrown of leadership by falsehood in all ramifications. And people are not ashamed but partake in such nonsense. Even at that he keeps disregarding court orders. If supreme court does not nullify this false standard in imo state posterity will continuously deal with them.

  2. Shamefully indeed that the law will remain blind to open day robbery is a big worry to any sane person.

    Here’s a man who used his position to swindle people’s property and take them for free under guise of government order.

    Whatever happens whether or not the law takes it course and or justice is twisted because of financial manipulation. The truth shall one day come to light.

    Let me not judge any court decision rather state that lawyers seek their pocket to the detriment of the masses.

    To whom humiliation is his trade let him see and be visited with humiliation.

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