Federal Court Paves Way For EFCC To Investigate Okorocha’s Tenure As Imo...

Federal Court Paves Way For EFCC To Investigate Okorocha’s Tenure As Imo Governor

By Okechukwu Nwokoye | Sub Editor on March 11, 2020
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Rochas Okorocha
Senator Rochas Okorocha, a former governor of Imo State

A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted permission for the prosecution of a suit that seeks to compel the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to among others, investigate the administration of Rochas Okorocha as Imo Governor.

Ahmed Mohammed, the presiding judge in a ruling on March 3, 2020, and enrolled copy of which was made available to journalists on Monday, March 9, 2020, granted leave for the applicants – Incorporated Trustees of Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International and Rights for All International – to proceed with their case.

Justice Mohammed ordered the applicants to serve a copy of the order granting them leave and other substantive documents in the suit on the defendants.

The judge adjourned till March 17 this year for a hearing.

Named as defendants are the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Okorocha, Zigreat International Company Limited, Eze Stanley Enwereku, and Duru Cyriacus Onyeobi.

The plaintiffs, in the suit, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/130/2020, filed by their lawyer, K. M. Okere, is seeking to compel the EFCC to investigate Okorocha and others over sundry allegations of financial impropriety while in office.

They claimed to have petitioned the EFCC in 2019 but alleged that the anti-graft agency failed to act on the petition.

The plaintiffs stated that, by their suit for judicial review, they want the court to order the EFCC to “investigate the allegation of corruption, money laundering, inflated contract, unlawful award of contract without due process and breach of Procurement Act, criminal over-inflation of contracts fully paid for with public funds against the 2nd to the 5th defendants in this suit, as contained in the plaintiffs’ petition dated 22nd August 2019.”

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