The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said on Thursday that its operatives had sealed some properties believed to belong to a former governor of Abia, Theodore Orji. EFCC Spokesperson Dele Oyewale said the properties were suspected to be proceeds of fraud.
Mr Oyewale said the properties which were sealed on June 24 in Abia’s capital city Umuahia, were traced to the former governor during ongoing investigations into his alleged financial malfeasance.
The assets traced to Orji by the EFCC include the Abia Mall which houses Shoprite and other famous brands, Benac Hotels opposite the Broadcasting Corporation of Abia (BCA), and a housing estate located at former Umuahia Main Market.
Oyewale said: “Our investigations show that the property belongs to Theodore Orji and as part of the investigations, we have to seal them. That is exactly what we have done. We cannot give a time frame within which to charge him to court because our investigations are always thorough and very diligent.”