The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been granted the warrant to temporarily seize all the properties owned by Senator Rochas Okorocha, and his wife, Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha.
This was revealed by the anti-graft zonal head, Enugu branch, Mr. Usman Imam, yesterday (September 4), during a press conference held to revise the performance of the commission in the last eight months.
Also revealed was that the EFCC had also been granted a similar order on a property traced to Mr. Paschal Obi, a former aide to Okorocha and also his daughter, Uloma Rochas.
According to Imam, the commission had created prima facie cases against the suspects which they would answer to.
The EFCC is interested in knowing how the Rochas Foundation and other accomplices turned public property for personal use.
The properties in question are a 16-block cum, 96 flats and an eight-bungalow multimillion naira estate, hotel, two schools, shopping plaza, supermarket, hospital and four vehicles.
Imam disclosed that the hospital was traced to Obi, while the others were traced to the Senator 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,” he said.
The EFCC, however, maintained that all the properties, including the schools, would still remain in business for the sake of the students and 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. The properties were recovered from cyber fraudsters.” he said.