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Erstwhile Imo State governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha has again failed to appear before the Justice Benjamin Iheaka Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Contracts which stalled proceedings of the panel investigating contract awarded by the previous governments between 2011 and May 2019.
Recall that the ex-Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha had earlier failed to appear before the judicial panel for two weeks and chose March 5, 2020 himself through his lawyer Callistus Osondu who was expected at the commission to give testimony or clarifications on issues surrounding contracts awarded during his tenure as governor.
However, when the former Imo State governor whose case was first on the panel’s list, in Suit No JUD/CICA/2M/2020 failed to appear, his lawyer offered explanations why his client was not at the hearing.
Osondu said his client was away on a national assignment and could not attend the hearing.
The lawyer conceded that he did not speak to Okorocha directly but got a call from Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law to the former governor informing him that Okorocha could not make it to the commission as he was tied up with a national assignment.
“I got a call from Mr Uche Nwosu who informed me that Senator Rochas Okorocha will not be able to attend today’s hearing due to his engagement in a national assignment,” he said.
Okorocha’s lawyer, however, requested for another adjournment to enable his client appear, but the chairman of the commission, Justice Iheka reminded the lawyer that the adjournment to March 5 was at the instance of Okorocha, adding that he needed to be certain whether Okorocha’s non-appearance was as a result of non-preparedness or a matter of lack of time.
He, however, wondered at whose instance Okorocha’s lawyer was requesting for another adjournment since he was unable to talk to his client.

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