The former governor of Imo state and his family members allegedly acquired the properties by funds from the state coffers while serving.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has seized some properties belonging to Rochas Okorocha, ex-governor of Imo state.
The former governor and his family members allegedly acquired the properties by funds from the state coffers while serving.
Others being investigated by the EFCC whose properties were seized are Uloma Okorocha-Nwosu, daughter of Rochas; Mrs Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha, wife of Rochas and Dr. Paschal Obi, ex-principal secretary to Okorocha.
The anti-graft agency said it sent an invitation letter to Okorocha and others but they failed to honour the letter.
“The EFCC, wishes to state that operatives of its Enugu Zonal Office, on July 23, 2019 traced and marked some property traced to ex-Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha as well as those of his family members and cronies.
“It was the outcome of painstaking investigation, and as a result of the failure of those to whom they were traced to, to honour the EFCC’s invitation for interrogation. Operatives neither “raided” nor “harassed” anyone in the course of the action.”
Properties seized by the EFCC include Dews of Hope Hospital traced to Dr. Paschal Obi, ex-Principal Secretary to Okorocha; Market Square Supermarket; All in One Shop, and premises belonging to Imo State Broadcasting Corporation now hosting Rochas Foundation College owned by Senator Okorocha.
Others are East High Academy and East High College, owned by Okorocha’s daughter, Uloma Okorocha-Nwosu; Royal Spring Palm Hotel and Apartment, a 16-block-cum-96 flats and eight bungalow multimillion-naira estate traced to Okorocha’s wife.
The EFCC has repeatedly said it was investigating Okorocha for corruption with the EFCC gaffer saying the commission is “doing a couple of checks and investigations here and there”.
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