Enugu State Commissioner for Information, Dr. Godwin Udeuhele, has disclosed the government’s intentions to challenge, through a law firm, both the federal government and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to claim the properties forfeited by ex-Governor Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani.
It would be recalled that a federal high court judgment on July 8, had ordered the forfeiture of the property to the federal government.
The forfeitures included the Renaissance University Teaching Hospital, Ceuna Communications Limited (Cosmo FM), Capital City Automobiles Nig Ltd. and Rainbow-net Limited.
Dr. Nnamani had been in a long-drawn court battle with the EFCC, until July 8, over those properties said to have been acquired by him while in office.
Feeling short-changed, the state executive council met midweek and resolved to claim the property.
The State Commissioner for Information made the government’s position known while briefing newsmen at the end of the state executive council’s meeting which was presided over by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
The commissioner said the decision to go after the property was in response to a memorandum from the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Miletus E. Eze requesting approval to engage a competent law firm for the exercise.
Accompanied by three other Exco members, including Engr. Patrick Ikpenwa (Works), Chief Miletus E. Eze (Justice) and Mrs. Mabel Chinwe Agbo (Inter-Ministerial Matters), Dr Udeuhele said that the council also approved the release of
the sum of N216 million to Arab Contractors and OAO Nigeria Limited for the provision of electricity, water and other ancillary works at the new state secretariat complex.
He also noted that the approval was sequel to a memo from the state Honourable Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Patrick Ikpenwa who sought approval for the release of the said fund to enhance effective utilisation of the new secretariat complex by workers.

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