The Economic and Finance Crimes Commission (EFCC) has given reasons for the raid and markings of some properties belonging to the former Governor of Imo State, OwelleRochasOkorocha, members of his families and cronies, byt eh Enugu Zone Office of the Commission on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. According press statement issued by the Commission, the action was sequel to the refusal of the governor and others to honour the invitation for clarification on the acquisition of the said properties; adding that the action was “a fall-out of our painstaking investigation.”
The properties marked include: Dews of Hope Hospital traced to Dr. Paschal Obi, former Principal Secretary to ex-governor Okorocha; Market Square Super Market; All in One Shop; and premises belonging to Imo State Broadcasting Corporation now hosting Rochas Foundation College owned by Senator Okoroacha.
Other properties are: East High Academy and East High College, owned by Okorocha’s daughter, UlomaOkorocha-Nwosu; Royal Spring Palm Hotel and Apartment, a 16 block cum 96 flats and eight bungalow multi-million Naira estate traced to Okorocha’s wife.
The statement further stated that the Commission at no time “raided” nor “harassed” anyone in the course of marking the properties as its operatives, in line with international best practices, informed the occupants of the facilities in good time, before taking the action. It is also pertinent to state that the Commission has pictorial and video evidences which put a lie to the claim that Rochas Foundation College was allegedly raided by the EFCC while in session. This could not be so because the school was not in session and could not have had its students harassed as was fed some online media; the statement added.
The Commission would ordinarily not bother with any allegation coming from the camp of Senator Okorocha, having noted his penchant for frivolities and propaganda; but this refutal has become pertinent in other to clear doubts especially in these days of fake news; the Commission added.
It therefore called on all well-meaning Nigerians to disregard the antics of some unscrupulous politicians and fraudsters who seek to distract the Commission from holding them accountable for their nefarious activities. The statement was signed by Tony Orilade, Acting Head of media & Publicity, and released on July 24, 2019.