The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC secured another victory Friday in its campaign against grand corruption in public service as Justice T.G Ringin of a Federal High Court sitting in Owerri, ordered the final forfeiture of a hospital linked to former governor Rochas Okorocha.
Dews of Hope Hospital, located in the heart of Imo capital of Owerri Dews of Hope Hospital is a N1.5 Billion state-of-the-art 200-bed hospital, whose ownership was denied by a former aide to Okorocha.
The forfeiture came a day after the commission secured the conviction and sentencing of former governor Orji Uzor Kalu of Abia State (1999-2007) for money laundering and corruption.
The Commission had on August 22, 2019 secured the interim forfeiture of the Owerri hospital from a vacation Judge, Justice A. T Mohammed of Federal High Court, Port Harcourt.
The application for interim forfeiture was triggered by evidence that the facility may have been acquired through proceeds of illicit activities, as funds from Government House, Owerri were traced to the hospital.
The Commission’s investigation revealed that Dr. Paschal Obi, former Permanent Secretary and Principal Secretary to then Governor Okorocha, now a serving member of the House of Representatives, was a signatory to the accounts.
However, Obi, like members of the board of the hospital, vehemently denied ownership of the medical facility.
The managing director of the hospital on invitation, could not also explain how the hospital was funded.
These developments led the Commission to file for the forfeiture of the property on July 25, 2019 under Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud,and Other Related Offences Act 2006.
In granting the request for the interim forfeiture of the property, the court ordered the anti-graft agency to publish the Order in a national newspaper, which was accordingly complied with in the Nation Newspaper of August 30, 2019 and Leadership Newspaper of September 3,2019 respectively, asking interested parties to show cause why the property should not be forfeited to the federal government within fourteen days from the dates of the publications.
Upon the expiration of the fourteen day notice and with no one showing interest in the hospital, the Commission filed for the final forfeiture of the facility.
The hospital located at the heart of Owerri metropolis, had an adjourning staff and doctor’s quarters.
BREAKING: Gov Umahi Tests Positive For Coronavirus
The Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Governor made the announcement in a statement he personally signed.
According to Channels TV, Umahi said he is asymptotic and has since isolated himself in line with protocols by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
He also said that some of his close also aides tested positive for the virus after carrying out the coronavirus test.
Umahi who appealed to residents in the state to take preventive measures directed the Deputy Governor, Kelechi Igwe, to take over the frontline coordination of the state’s fight against the disease.
He added that he’s working from home and will conduct all meetings virtually.
I’m Above 70 Years, Vulnerable To COVID-19 — T.A. Orji Tells EFCC After Avoiding Asset Declaration
Senator Theodore Orji, a former Abia State governor, has blamed COVID-19 pandemic for his failure to furnish the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with his assets declaration form.
In a letter dated June 29, 2020, and addressed to the EFCC chairman, Orji, through his legal counsel, Lawminds Associates, said as a vulnerable person who is above 70 years, he is observing precautionary measures as ordered by the Federal Government in the fight against the spread of the pandemic.
He, therefore, requested to be given reasonable time to get the documents.
Part of the letter reads: “Sequel to your demand from our client on the 29th day of June, 2020, to furnish you with his assets declaration documents.
“It became pertinent to notify you that our client, who is one of the vulnerable persons to the COVID-19 pandemic as he is above 70 years old and is observing precautionary measures as ordered by the Federal Government, pleads to be given a reasonable time to get hold of the said documents and forward to your office as requested.”
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Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday announced August 3 for partial resumption of schools in the state.
The governor who spoke during the COVID-19 press conference of the State said the resumption is for only those in SSS 3.
He said the decision was taken after a meeting with stakeholders in the education sector.
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