Okorocha, Wife, Daughter To Forfeit Assets, Says EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said it has obtained orders for the interim forfeiture of assets traced to a former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha; his wife, Nneoma Nkechi, and one of their daughters.

The Head, Enugu Zonal Office of the commission, Mr. Usman Imam, disclosed this on Wednesday in Enugu while briefing newsmen on the activities of the commission in the last eight months.

Imam said the commission also obtained similar order on a property traced to a former aide to Okorocha, Mr. Paschal Obi, and the former governor’s daughter.

He said the commission had established prima facie cases against the suspects, which they would answer to.

Imam said that the EFCC would like to know how the Rochas Foundation and “other accomplices” acquired and/or converted some of the property for personal use.

He listed some of the property to include a 16-block 96-flat structure and an eight-bungalow multimillion naira estate, hotel, two schools, shopping plaza, supermarket, hospital and four vehicles.

Imam 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 assets in order to return them to the people of the state,” he said.

The EFCC chief 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.

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