Is Assemblyman Victor Ochei, who represents Aniochia North Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly another James Ibori? A petition sent to the EFCC by “Intelligence Watch UK,” which gives its address as 200 Fleet Street, London SE6 5PY, accuses the legislator of “massive fraud and corrupt enrichment,” and provides a long list of charges against the legislator.
Among the charges, the group accuses Mr. Ochei of acquiring properties in Nigeria and abroad that he has never declared under the Code of Conduct Act, including a property worth $549,565,00 (Five Hundred and Forty Nine Thousand, Five Hundred and Sixty Five Dollars) located at No. 580 Pelican Ave, Gaithersburg, MD, 20877 in Maryland, United States of America. According to the petition, the property was purchased in February 2006 and was fully paid for.
The group alleges that Mr. Ochei handles electricity power projects in the state through various companies he owns. It also asserts that the projects obtained by Mr. Ochei’s companies violate the law. “These projects never followed due process in their award process, they were never advertised; no bidding process and their cost implications showed that they were over invoiced and highly inflated. This type of insiders-trading is completely prohibited by our laws and smacks –off flagrant disregard to due process and existing prohibitive laws to such corrupt enrichment.”
Among its many allegations, Intelligence Watch draws the attention of the EFCC to a story in Vanguard on April 26, 2010 in which Mr. Ochei allegedly said that as Chairman of DavNotch Nig Ltd, he loaned N90 million to Judora Integrated services Nigeria Ltd.
“It is very important to ask what the salary of a Delta State house member is which will afford such luxury and extravagance,” the petition states. Yet it challenges the loan even further: “The said allegation of loaning Judora Integrated services Nigeria Ltd N90 million is erroneous. We invite your commission to investigate DavNotch Nig Ltd bank accounts in which one of them is Zenith Bank 6012921288.”
The petition provides a long list or property in Delta State allegedly owned by Mr. Ochei, and suggests that the legislator has help from higher-up in the state. “It is very clear from the foregoing that DavNotch Nig. Ltd is used as a conduit pipe to siphon money from Delta State and the said Victor Ochei and his company is fronting for very top Government officials in Delta State in this self enrichment bid,” it says.
Full text of the petition is as follows:
INTELLIGENCE WATCH UK
200 Fleet Street, London SE6 5PY
20th April 2010.
Economic and financial crimes commission,
MASSIVE FRAUD AND CORRUPT ENRICHMENT USING DAVNOTCH NIGERIA LIMITED OWNED BY HON. VICTOR OCHEI MEMBER REPRESENTING ANIOCHA NORTH CONSTITUENCY IN DELTA STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
We are writing to bring to your knowledge the massive fraud that is going on in Delta State, and implore you to take immediate action to curb this looting of Delta State treasury by Hon. Victor Ochei.
Our investigation revealed that Hon. Victor Ochei’s companies handle power projects in Delta state. More worrisome is the fact over 80% of Power and Energy projects in Delta state are handled by companies owned by the said Victor Ochei (1) DAV-NOTCH NIG LTD, with RC. No: 316225 (2) KACHI & BUBE NIG LTD, with RC. No: 491585 (3) HANVIC IND. LTD. With RC. No: 385425 (4) DONALD AND MONICA ENTERPRISE.
Please see the attached FORM CAC 7 and FORM CAC 2 showing Directors and shareholders respectively.
These projects never followed due process in their award process, they were never advertised; no bidding process and their cost implications showed that they were over invoiced and highly inflated. This type of insiders trading is completely prohibited by our laws and smacks –off flagrant disregard to due process and existing prohibitive laws to such corrupt enrichment.
It will interest you to know that the acts of insiders trading and abuse of office of Hon. Victor Ochei has become a source of concern to even his fellow members of the Delta State House of Assembly.
The said Hon. Victor Ochei is the Committee Chairman on Education, member of appropriation committee, Power and Energy committees in Delta State House of Assembly. As evidenced in the attached document to this petition, he took advantage of his position as a member of power and energy committee and all past and on–going power projects were awarded to his company DavNotch Nig Ltd without the requisite due process of contract awards. Particularly of interest is the fact that as a member of appropriation committee, he was involved in appropriating over inflated and mind burgling sums of money to the said projects being awarded to his company. All major projects from the ministry of Education were and are currently being handled by his companies. These issues borders on acts of stealing, conspiracy to steal, abuse of office and insiders trading cannot be over emphasized.
A major fraud going on now in Delta State is the Delta State Independent Power Project in Oghareki, Delta state in which the same DavNotch Nig. Ltd is the contractor. The sum awarded for the project is over N27 billion and more than 50% of the said sum has been paid. Up until today nothing is going on in the site in Oghareki, Delta State. Particularly of concern also is the fact that Delta State is yet to obtain the license from National Electric Commission for the said Independent power project and the project has been awarded, over 50% out of N27 billion has been paid and no evidence of work going on in the site. The design of the Power plant was awarded to MCE International based in Houston with office at 5904 Bingle Road, Houston Texas 77092 United Sates. (Find attached picture) of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and Hon. Victor Ochei and others when they visited the company in Houston Texas USA. The design of the Power plant is $4 million.
It is very clear from the foregoing that DavNotch Nig. Ltd is used as a conduit pipe to siphone money from Delta State and the said Victor Ochei and his company is fronting for very top Government officials in Delta State in this self enrichment bid.
The over 20 kilometer street light project on the Onitsha Benin highway in Asaba was handled by Davnotch Limited for over N650million and also the streets in Asaba. The street lights in Asaba are run by 15 units of fake Chinese 30 kva generators. These generators are run by diesel supplied by Uduaghan wife’s company ONOVIN LTD owned her husband’s brother Vincent Uduaghan. The supply of diesel to run the generators cost the Delta State Government N200million monthly.
We refer your commission to the publications of 26th April, 2010 on page 52 vanguard Newspaper, page 21of pointer Newspapers and page 64 of Thisday Newspapers in which the said Victor Ochei accepted that he is the Chairman of DavNotch Nig Ltd and that he loaned the sum of N90 million to Judora Integrated services Nigeria Ltd for which he is currently having a legal battle with Judora Integrated Services Nigeria Ltd.
It is very important to ask what the salary of a Delta State house member is which will afford such luxury and extravagance. The said allegation of loaning Judora Integrated services Nigeria Ltd N90 million is erroneous. We invite your commission to investigate DavNotch Nig Ltd bank accounts in which one of them is Zenith Bank 6012921288.
The code of conduct Act deems it as highly criminal act with strict penalty for a public/political office holder not to declare his/her assets while assuming such office and properties acquired having assumed such office.
Please be informed that several of the properties stated below were acquired by Hon. Victor Ochei while in office, and not declared to the code of conduct bureau.
The properties amongst which are a $549,565,00 (Five Hundred and Forty Nine Thousand, Five Hundred and Sixty Five Dollars) property located at No. 580 Pelican Ave, Gaithersburg, MD, 20877 in Maryland, United States of America. This property was purchased in February 2006 and was fully paid for. Documents personally executed by Hon. Victor Ochei with regards to the above transactions are hereby attached.
Other mind burgling purchases not declared to the code of conduct Bureau are choice properties located in Victoria garden city Lagos worth over N350 million Naira each, several properties in the FCT are worthy of note. But particularly and mind buggling are properties as stated below:
1. Office Complex called “DavNotch House” by Summit road opposite Ministry of Power & Energy Asaba, Delta State.
2. Acres of bare land at No: 36 Anwai Rd, Asaba, Delta State.
3. 2 Building; a very big Duplex and a bungalow No. 1 and No: 3 Donald Ochie Avenue off Government House Rd, Asaba Delta State.
4. Developing properties on the left just before Alum Close by Bishop Nwosu Street, off Okpanam Road, After Southgate Hotel, Asaba Delta State, After Rodeaw Church.
5. 2 Acres of lands opposite Legislative quarters, Asaba Delta State.
6. Club House by DBS Road, opposite shalom garden, Asaba Delta State.
7. 4 Acres of lands opposite Asaba Airport, Asaba Delta State.
8. 2 Acres of land on Asaba Express way after Asagba market, after the airport, Asaba Delta State.
9. A Bungalow of 2 flats by Oliseyenim Street, off Havilla Hotel Road, Asaba Delta State.
10. Ministry of Higher Education and Directorate of Science and Technology Building,35 Jesus Road, off summit Road, Asaba Delta State.
11. 6 Acres of land used for poultry on Issele-Uku/Issele-Mkpidtime Rd, Asaba Delta State.
12. 6 Acres of land used for Pineapple farm on Issele-Uku/Onicha ugbo Express Rd, Asaba Delta State.
13. 4 Acres of land on Issele-Azagba/Edu –Ogwashi Express road, Asaba Delta State.
14. A very massive house in Ogbekenu Village, Onicha Olona, Delta State.
15. Other properties in other states abound.
It is important that you carry a thorough investigation on the looting of Delta State by Hon. Victor Ochei and his accomplices in Uduaghan led Delta state Government.
Code of Conduct Bureau,