The Federal High Court Abuja on Thursday ordered the interim forfeiture of a property at Plot 1032 & 1033 Cadastral Zone AO3, Takum Close, Off Michika Street, Ahmadu Bello Way, Garki Abuja, belonging to former Imo State governor, Rochas Anayo Okorocha, alleged to have been developed with over two hundred million Naira belonging to Imo people.
This was disclosed in a statement by the spokesperson to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Wilson Uwujaren, who said the seizure is based on a reasonable suspicion that the property was acquired with proceeds of unlawful activities.
Justice Emeka Nwite gave the order while ruling on a motion ex-parte brought by them 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 EFCC 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 Nwite adjourned till April 13, 2022, for consideration of the motion for final forfeiture of the property.