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Just in: EFCC opens up on Okorocha, daughters’ property seizures, exonerates IMSG

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For the first time since Tuesday July 23, 2019, raid on some choice landed properties allegedly belonging to the former Governor of Imo State, Chief Rochas Okorocha and his daughter married to his former Chief of Staff, Mr. Uche Nwosu in Owerri, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Thursday afternoon gave a clear picture of their action.

In a statement, the anti-graft agency said it wishes to state that it’s Enugu Zonal Office on Tuesday July 23, 2019 marked some properties traced to the former Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha as well as those of his family members and cronies.

According to the agency, “The marking of the properties which is a fall-out of our painstaking investigation, is as a result of the failure of the suspects to honour the Commission’s invitation for questioning on the propriety of their acquisition.

Recall that the Imo State Government, had on Wednesday, issued a statement denying involvement even as the Senator representing Orlu Zone at the National Assembly, had claimed in a statement issued by his media aide that both the State PDP and Governor Emeka Ihedioha are behind the raids and seal up of his investments which he claimed to have owned up even before becoming the state governor.

Besides, the EFCC listed the properties to 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 Okorocha.

“Other properties 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  multi-million Naira estate traced to Okorocha’s wife.

“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 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.

EFCC there urged 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.

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