- A Federal High Court has threatened to take actions against the attorney-general in Imo state, Chief Captain Akaolisa
- Akaolisa was accused of flouting directives concerning the panel constituted to probe the former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha
- The panel investigating Okorocha was stopped from sitting pending the determination of the suit
The Imo state attorney-general, Chief Captain Akaolisa, has been threatened to be sanctioned by a Federal High Court 4 sitting in Abuja for flouting the directives of the court on the probe panel constituted to investigate former governor, Rochas Okorocha.
An interim injunction restraining the panel from sitting until the determination of the substantive suit was earlier granted by the court.
However, the panel defied the court's directives and Akaolisa was warned to ensure that he does not take actions that could confer a fait accompli situation on the court, The Nation reports.
Okorocha’s lawyer, Oba Maduabuchi (SAN), informed the court presided over by Justice Umar Mohammed that contrary to its earlier directive, the panel has continued to sit, despite warnings from the attorney-general to suspend sittings and an undertaking taken to that effect.
Maduabuchi argued that the investigative panel can only be restrained from continuing the probe by a formal court order pending the determination of the suit.
Justice Mohammed in his response warned the attorney general to make sure that the probe is not concluded before the suit presented before him.
The court further said that if the directives are flouted again it will take personal sanctions against Akaolisa. It also threatened to nullify all proceedings of the panel should they go ahead to conclude the investigation before the determination of the suit.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the former Imo governor's suit seeking to halt a probe instituted against him by Imo panel and the EFCC was struck out by the court.
Okorocha has been embroiled in a corruption scandal bordering on various alleged financial infractions he was alleged to have committed as a governor of Imo state.
Facing the danger of getting into the EFCC dragnet, the former governor went to court to prevent the agency from further probing him but during a sitting at Abuja Federal High Court on Wednesday, July 8, his suit was struck out.
However, following the court judgement that struck out the suit to stop his probe, Senator Okorocha has alleged that his successor, Hope Uzodimma, is after him and his family.
Okorocha’s media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo, in a statement issued on Thursday, July 9, said that Governor Uzodinma’s ongoing probe of Okorocha’s administration was targeted at humiliating him.
He said the report about the court's rejection of Okorocha's request to stop his probe by the EFCC was not true.