Dews Of Hope Specialist Hospital Owerri Forfeited To Federal Government
By Admin 2 months ago
The Dews of Hope Specialist Hospital Owerri, owned by a former Principal Secretary to Imo State Government in the last outgone administration and now a member of the House of Representatives, is now the property of the Federal Government.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Friday 6th December 2019, secured what analysts described as victory against grand corruption in public service as Justice T.G Ringin of a Federal High Court sitting in Owerri, ordered the final forfeiture of the hospital linked to the former Principal Secretary.
Dews of Hope Specialist Hospital, which is located in the Owerri metropolis has been valuated as a N1.5 Billion state-of-the-art 200-bed hospital, but the ownership of the hospital was denied by the former Principal Secretary.
The forfeiture came a day after the commission secured the conviction and sentencing of former governor Orji Uzor Kalu of Abia State who served from 1999-2007 for money laundering and corruption.
Recall that EFCC had on August 22, 2019 secured an interim forfeiture of the hospital from a vacation Judge, Justice A. T Mohammed of the 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 construction of the hospitalRelated: Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal Hails Ihedioha's Behaviour And Current Response To Ouster As Governor
Photo Detail: (An uncompleted medical quarters in 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 from where the hospital construction was funded.
However, Dr. Obi, like members of the hospital board vehemently denied ownership of the medical facility.
Report has it that the medical director of the hospital when invited by the anti-graft agency could not also explain how the hospital was funded.
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 also had an adjourning staff and doctor’s quarters.