You have seven days to unseal those properties or face our wrath, Abia orders EFCC

By Editor on 30/06/2020

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An ultimatum to unseal Abia Mall, Adelabu Housing Estate, the former township main market at Ogwumabiri, the Millennium Luxury Apartment, Abia Hotels and Linto Estate, Old Timber Market, was handed down to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday.   
Abia State Government, while laying claims to the properties, said the commission had seven days to act, described the notices placed on them as offensive, which must be removed within the period.

Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Uche Ihediwa, who conveyed the position of the government through the announced the ultimatum, said in a statement in Umuahia, the state capital, that the anti-graft agency should also tender an unreserved apology to the state within seven days due to the inconvenience its action had caused the state or face legal action.

Reiterating that all the properties belonged to the government, he explained that they were proceeds of partnership with credible investors for the development of the property under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) while the reversionary interest in the property would reside in the state government.

Ihediwa stressed that the law establishing the EFCC makes it clear that the commission can only seal off the property of persons under investigation, saying the ownership of the property in question was not under probe.

He recalled that in 2016, the EFCC investigated the ownership of most of property and the certificates of occupancy and the PPP arrangement between the state government and investors in various assets.

The commissioner described the action of the EFCC as unwarranted and unlawful, saying the agency did not ask the state government about the ownership of the property whose title documents are domiciled in the Ministry of Lands.




Posted on June, 30 2020

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