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Lawmaker faces probe over $549.6m property scam

By Tordue Salem

ABUJA—A group under the auspices of Zenith Solicitors has petitioned the Presidency, the Governor of Delta State, Chief Emmanuel Uduaghan and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other related Offences Commission, ICPC, over allegations that a lawmaker in Delta State House of Assembly, Victor Ochei illegally acquired property worth $549.6 in the United States .

The petitioners alleged that the lawmaker has other property worth millions of Naira in Lagos, Delta and other parts of the country, and four companies, which they said he acquired without due process.

The group has also forwarded a copy of the petition to the National Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Vincent Ogbulafor and the Delta State chapter of the party.

Mr. Ochei represents Aniocha North Constituency in the State House of Assembly under the PDP platform.
The petition, dated 22 July 2009 is urging the ICPC to investigate and prosecute the lawmaker for flouting the provisions of the constitution and due process in carrying out his duties.


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