Court okays forfeiture of Okorocha’s Abuja property

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday ordered the interim forfeiture of a property allegedly owned by former Imo Governor Senator Rochas Okorocha.

The property, according to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), is located at Plot 1032 & 1033 Cadastral Zone AO3, Takum Close, Off Michika Street, Ahmadu Bello Way, Garki Abuja.

Justice Emeka Nweti gave the order in a ruling on a motion ex-parte filed EFCC and in which it claimed that the property was acquired through proceeds of crime. Justice Nweti ordered the EFCC to publish the order in the national dailies to allow anyone with interest in the property to show cause within 14 days why it should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

Justice Nweti adjourned till April 13, 2022 for consideration of the motion for final forfeiture of the property.

The EFCC further claimed that the property is reasonably suspected to be acquired with proceeds from illegality and corruption.

It alleged that the property was developed with funds from the coffers of the Imo State Government in 2018 when Okorocha was governor.

The EFCC said that two firms in which Okorocha had interest, Abtisal Global Ltd and Archivisual Solution Ltd, received N222, 000,000 from the state treasury to develop the said property.

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