N1.5bn Hospital Linked to Ex Governor Okorocha aides forfeited to the Federal Government

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Dews of Hope Hospital allegedly cost N1.5 Billion linked to aides of former Governor of Imo State, Rocha's Owele Okorocha has been forfeited to the federal Government of Nigeria.

The Economic and Financial Crimes commission (EFCC) disclosed this yesterday, after the Chief judges of Federal High court Warri, Justice T.G Ringin order the final forfeiture of the property.

According to the commission, " The EFCC has secured another victory in its campaign against grand corruption in public service as Justice T.G Ringin of a Federal High Court sitting in Owerri, today, December 6, ordered the final forfeiture of Dews of Hope Hospital, a N1.5 Billion state-of-the-art 200-bed hospital, allegedly owned by an aide to a former governor of Imo State and serving senator, Rochas Anayo Okorocha.

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The Commission had on August 22, 2019 secured the interim forfeiture of the property 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."

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