Okorocha forfeits Abuja properties to federal government
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja today, Thursday, February 24, 2022, granted the interim forfeiture order sought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on two properties belonging Rochas Okorocha.
The properties are located at Plot 1032 & 1033 Cadastral Zone AO3, Takum Close, Off Michika Street, Ahmadu Bello Way, Garki Abuja.
The EFCC, in the application, said it reasonably suspected the properties were acquired with proceeds from unlawful activities.
Justice Emeka Nweti gave the order while ruling on a motion ex-parte brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, pursuant to section 44(2) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), and section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14 2006, seeking the forfeiture of the property on the grounds that it was acquired illegally.
The Commission stated that its investigation had revealed that sometime in 2018, Abtisal Global Ltd and Archivisual Solution Ltd, companies in which Okorocha is believed to have interest, received N222, 000,000 from the Imo State Government Treasury to develop and improve on the said property
In the ruling, the court directed that the interim forfeiture Order be published in the national dailies, alerting anyone with interest in the property to show cause why it should not be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria
Justice Nweti adjourned till April 13, 2022 for consideration of the motion for final forfeiture of the property.