Anayo Rochas Okorocha, the former governor of Imo State, asked a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday to issue a restraining order prohibiting the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the Imo State government from further interfering with and confiscating his properties across the country.
Okorocha, who currently represents the Imo West Senatorial seat in the Senate, asked the court to order the preservation of his properties until the outcome of the ongoing court matters.
He bemoaned the fact that his possessions had been marked for confiscation in numerous states, claiming that he would be affected until the protective order was obtained against the EFCC and Imo State.
His counsel, Chief Oba Maduabuchi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, filed a move on notice for the requested court order.
The EFCC and the Imo State Government, on the other hand, have aggressively resisted the request, claiming that the court lacks authority to hear Okorocha’s case.
The EFCC and the state of Imo argue that the case is not one that can be heard during court vacation.
They went on to say that Okorocha did not meet the prerequisites for the case to be heard during vacation, and that the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court’s fiat should be sought and acquired before such a case may be heard during vacation.
While filing the new motion, the anti-graft commission and Imo State cited Order 46, Rule 5 of the Federal High Court Civil Procedures Rule 2019, which Okorocha allegedly violated.
After hearing from the parties, Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed is scheduled to issue a decision.