The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has disclosed reasons for going after Rochas Okoracha, the former governor of Imo State.
Some properties traced to Okorocha and some of his family members were reportedly marked by the anti-graft agency.
The former governor, had through his spokesperson, Sam Onwuemodo, claimed some of his properties in Owerri, the Imo State capital has been sealed.
But the EFCC spokesperson, Tony Orilade who gave reasons for the commission’s actions insisted the properties were marked not sealed.
Orilade, on Wednesday, said the marking of the properties, is as a result of Okorocha’s failure to honour the commission’s invitation for questioning on the acquisition of the properties.
The EFCC on Wednesday said its Enugu Zonal Office has marked some properties traced to the former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, and some of his family members.
According to EFCC, the listed properties 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, Uloma Okorocha-Nwosu; Royal Spring Palm Hotel and Apartment, a 16 block cum 96 flats and eight bungalows multi-million naira estate traced to Okorocha’s wife.”
The commission also noted that at no time did its operatives ‘raid’ nor ‘harass’ anyone in the course of marking the properties.
It added that it had informed the occupants of the facilities “in good time, before taking the action”.
The EFCC further said “it has photo and video evidence that debunk claims 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 EFCC said.
The agency also said it would distance itself from “frivolities and propaganda” sentiments from “the camp of Okorocha”.
”We urge 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.”
When Orilade was asked if the commission had issued an invitation before carrying out the action and if it got a court order, he said he did not have information on when a letter was sent and who it was addressed to but the matter is still under investigation, however.
Okorocha who governed Imo between 2011 and 2019 is currently representing Imo West Senatorial District in the Senate.