The interim forfeiture order received by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on one of the properties belonging to a former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha has been described by one of his Counsels as political witch-hunt.
Barrister Okey Anyikwa posited that the property was obtained in 2007 before Okorocha assumed office as a governor in 2011.
This came after Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, gave EFCC the permission to take over Okorocha’s property in Abuja after the commission had said that its investigation indicated that sometime in 2018, Abtisal Global Ltd and Archivisual Solution Ltd, companies in which Okorocha was believed to have interest, received sum of N222 million from the Imo State government account to develop the property in question.
EFCC informed the court that it reasonably suspected that the property was part of proceeds of unlawful activities of the former governor.
But reacting to the Court Order, Anyikwa stressed that the property was acquired in 2007 by Etha Venture, a company with limited liability.
He said, “we learnt that the EFCC went to confiscate a property belonging to Okorocha after they got an interim forfeiture order.
“Our investigation showed that the property was acquired by a company, Etcha Venture, a limited liability company in 2007, so it cannot be said that the property belongs to Okorocha entirely.
“EFCC is claiming that N220 million was used to renovate the building, but I am aware that the property was put to use as a hotel that has been funding the Rochas Foundation Colleges for over 20 years.
“In as much as the matter is sub judiced, common logic shows that it is nothing but political vendetta against the person of Okorocha.”