Imo youths drag Okorocha to court over ownership of university

Imo youths drag Okorocha to court over ownership of university

- Imo youths in Orlu have gotten into a legal battle with Rochas Okorocha over the control of Eastern Palm University

- The youths are claiming that since Okorocha used state funds to build the university, it does not belong to him

- Thus, the youths have filed a lawsuit against the former governor at an Imo state high court

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Imo youths under the umbrella of the Orluzurumee Youth Assembly (OYA) have filed a lawsuit against Rochas Okorocha over the ownership and control of the Eastern Palm University.

The OYA said that being that the former governor used state funds to build the school, it belongs entirely to the government and not him, Vanguard reports.

The youths condemned section 3(3), (4) and (5) of the Imo State Law Number 3 of 2019 which conferred powers on Okorocha, the Rochas Foundation, to take over ownership of the university.

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Imo youths drag Okorocha to court over ownership of university
Rochas Okorocha, a former governor of Imo (Source: UGC)
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A top member of the Assembly, Christian Okolie, said: “What we seek, in essence, is a declaration of the court that the Eastern Palm University, which was built with state resources and all instruments of state power, is indeed a property of Imo people.

“We are also asking the court to hold that the management, control, and running of the University be accordingly vested, whole and entire, with the government of Imo, on behalf of the people of the state.”

According to the group, if nothing is done, any governor who comes on board will use state resources to build a university in his village and then privatize it before leaving office.

Meanwhile, reported that Okorocha’s administration had been cleared of any wrongdoing in the management of funds belonging to the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC).

The administration was cleared following the final reports of an independent forensic auditing firm, Corporate Dev. & Assets Management Ltd (CADAM-ANE).

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The forensic audit report showed that the overall expenditure profile of ISOPADEC within the period under review witnessed an unprecedented high between June 2019 and January 2020, within Ihedioha’s tenure, after Okorocha had left office.

Ihedioha and Okorocha had been indicted for allegedly misappropriating N214 billion of local government funds.

The probe panel was set up by the Imo state government led by Governor Hope Uzodinma to investigate the finances of local government councils.

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