SAHARANEWS – The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has obtained court order for the interim forfeiture of assets traced to Rochas Okorocha, former governor of Imo state, and his wife.
Usman Imam, head of the commission’s zonal office in Enugu, said this while briefing journalists on the activities of the agency in the last eight months.
Imam said the commission also obtained similar order on a property traced to the former governor’s daughter and Paschal Obi, a former aide to Okorocha.
He said the commission had established “prima facie evidence” against the suspects which they would answer to.
Imam said the commission would like to know how the Rochas Foundation and “other accomplices acquired and converted some of the property for personal use”.
He listed some of the property as a 16-block cum 96 flats and an eight-bungalow multi-million naira estate, hotel, two schools, shopping plaza, supermarket, hospital, and four vehicles.
He said while the hospital was traced to Obi, the remaining properties were traced to the former governor and his family, including his wife and daughter.
“We hope to get permanent forfeiture orders on the property in order to return them to the people of the state,” Imam said.
He said all the facilities, including the schools, would remain functional as the commission would not like to shut them down for the sake of the students and other users.