The Economic and Financial Crime Commission has reportedly stormed Umuahia, Abia state capital on Tuesday sealed off Abia Mall (ShopRite), Benac Hotels other choice properties on allegations of fraudulent practices. The properties purportedly owned by a top politician in Umuahia, Abia State.
The calm capital city of Umuahia, the Abia state capital was yesterday stormed by the members of the Economic and Finance Crimes Commission.
The properties in question include a hospitality facility, Benac Hotel, located adjacent to the Mata Dei Catholic Church and opposite the state-owned radio/TV station, the Broadcasting Corporation of Abia (BCA); a housing estate at the location of former Umuahia Main Market, Former Ministry of Works Premises with newly built Estate and a property occupied by a popular shopping mall within the city centre.
Eyewitnesses said the EFCC operatives stormed the city and immediately declared the properties to be under investigation, with the commission’s logo boldly printed on the walls, and marked them sealed.
Benac Hotel is said to be a three-star hospitality facility formerly owned by a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in the state, Chief Empire Kanu, who is Nigeria’s former Ambassador to Australia.
However, the hotel was reportedly sold a few years ago. While former Ministry of Works Premises was reportedly sold to an known/unknown individuals.
The Housing Estate has choice duplexes which are ready for occupation.
The questions to Abians are:
Who is the owner of Abia Mall? The Estates? Benac Hotel?