The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, declared on Friday the final confiscation of a hospital linked to the former secretary of former Governor Rochas Okorocha, Paschal Obi.
Judge T.G Ringin, of a federal high court in Owerri, granted EFCC prayers to seize the Dews of Hope hospital and hand it over to the federal government.
The modern 200-bed spa N1.5 billion is located in Imo.
According to the EFCC, Obi, as members of the hospital’s board of directors, vehemently denied ownership of the medical facility.
“The managing director of the hospital on invitation, could not also explain how the hospital was funded”, its spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren said.
“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.