The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has obtained orders for the temporary forfeiture of all assets traced to the former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, and his wife to ensure proper investigations into the fraudulent charges filed against them.
The Head of the Enugu Zonal Office of EFCC, Usman Imam, announced to newsmen on Wednesday that the commission had been monitoring the financial activities of the former governor in the last eight months.
Imam added that the anti-graft agency had obtained an order on a property traced to a former aide to Okorocha, Paschal Obi, and the former governor's daughter. Prior to all these revelations, the EFCC levelled charges of fraud against the suspects.
"The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) would like to know how the Rochas Foundation and other accomplices acquired and or converted some of the property for personal use.
"Some of the affected properties include, a 16-block cum, 96 flats, an eight-bungalow multimillion naira estate, hotel, two schools, shopping plaza, supermarket, hospital, and four luxurious vehicles,” Imam said.
Governor Ihedioha of Imo State, upon his election into power, swore to investigate the corrupt administration of his predecessor, after claiming the ex-governor had mismanaged government funds, buying cars and acquiring assorted properties for himself and family members.
It was earlier reported by Ihedioha that Rochas had emptied the state coffers by building a statue for the former South African ruler, Jacob Zuma, and engaging in other exorbitant activities.