The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged with the task of investigating financial crimes may be in for a bumpy ride with revelations showing that its Eagle may have picked a wrong carcass with the sealing-off of properties belonging to a private business mogul in Abia State.
Following a shabbily done investigation by the anti-graft agency, it was gathered that the agency sealed off properties which they suspected belonged to a PDP chieftain amongst which were several real estates across Abia State.
However, after the sealing of the properties, findings showed that the agency may not have done proper checks and investigations as Trademore International Holding Limited; a real estate company owned by a successful developer cum business mogul began crying foul to the action.
In a statement signed by the company’s legal representative, Nwoke John Kalu Esq, it was gathered that the EFCC sealed off estates belonging to the company in the state including Luxury Apartments, Millennium Apartments and Ogwumabiri Event Center located along Bank road and Finbars Road, Umuahia Abia state.
The legal luminary who expressed shock at the wanton display of unprofessionalism by the anti-graft agency stated that the company which has made significant contributions to affordable housing across Nigeria with estates scattered across Enugu, Benue, Imo, Nasarawa, Lagos as well as the Federal Capital Territory where they currently house over 30 members of the EFCC, has no affiliation with any politician or the PDP chieftain under investigation.
The statement reads “As a company, we are deeply startled by this development as the owner of these properties is a successful businessman with no involvement in politics whatsoever. “We expected thorough due diligence from an organization like EFCC before going ahead to mark our housing estates,” they said. The company detailed that they are a reputable establishment with many years of experience in the real estate sector and equally lamented that this can now affect the trust of subscribers that they have built steadfastly over the years.
“This shouldn’t be happening because it sends a bad signal to those planning to invest in Nigeria. There should be an enabling environment for businesses like ours to operate without being caught in political games or be victims of inaccuracies”.
The management of the company further describing the actions of the agency as bad PR of the company’s image has given the anti-graft agency 48 hours ultimatum to unseal the wrongly marked buildings as they belong to a private citizen with no affiliations whatsoever to politics.