Okorocha’s assets going… going…

Some assets traced to former governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha, his wife, Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha, and his daughter, Mrs Uloma Nwosu, would soon be forfeited to the government.
The Head of the Enugu Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Usman Imam, disclosed at the weekend that the commission has obtained orders for an interim forfeiture of the assets.
Imam, who briefed journalists on Wednesday, said that the EFCC also obtained a similar order on the property traced to a former aide to Okorocha, Mr. Paschal Obi, adding that the commission established prima facie cases against the suspects which they would answer to.
He said that the commission would seek to know how the Rochas Foundation and other accomplices acquired and or converted some of the government property for personal use.
The assets, according to Imam, included a 16-block of 96 flats and an eight-bungalow multi-million naira estates, hotel, two schools, shopping plaza, supermarket, hospital, and four vehicles.
While the hospital was traced to Obi, the others were traced to the former governor and his family, including his wife and daughter married to Mr. Uche Nwosu, the former chief of staff under Okorocha as well as a contender to the governorship seat of the state in the last gubernatorial elections.
“We hope to get permanent forfeiture orders on the property in order to return them to the people of the state”, he said.
Imam 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 the other users.
“Other recoveries were made and are awaiting forfeiture but for the court vacation.  They include a twin three-storey building with a three-bedroom bungalow and a duplex both in Enugu.  They property were recovered from cyber fraudsters”, he said.
So far, the zone has arrested 88 suspected fraudsters since 2015, 70 of them in 2019, he said, adding that the zone also obtained 59 convictions.

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