The management of Trademore International Holding Limited has given the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) 48 hours ultimatum to unseal its wrongly sealed estates.
According to the statement signed by the company’s legal representative, Nwoke John Kalu Esq., the anti-graft agency has, without due diligence, sealed the following estates: Luxury Apartments, Millennium Apartments, and Ogwumabiri Event centre located along Bank Road and Finbars Road, Umuahia, Abia state.
The company, therefore, calls for immediate removal of the notice of seizure placed on the respective estates.
According to the statement, the Trademore estates are owned by a private businessman and have been wrongly marked as properties of a PDP chieftain under the agency’s investigation. The company, therefore, states emphatically that those properties do not belong to any politician or a PDP chieftain for that matter.
“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 statement read.
Trademore International Holding Limited, is, according to the statement owned by a successful developer who has been able to make a significant contribution to affordable housing in Nigeria with its estates in numerous states including Enugu, Benue, Imo, Nasarawa, Lagos as well as in Abuja.
As a matter of fact, the company’s estates in Abuja, they say, currently accommodate over 30 members of staff of the EFCC. “Our company has no involvement in politics. We are mainly focused on helping the country address its housing needs. Our decision to invest in Abia state is only in a bid to not only contribute to the state’s economy and provide decent affordable housing for the people, but to also provide opportunities for employment,” the statement further revealed.
The company, therefore, urge the EFCC to act as soon as stated to enable it to return to normal business and should endeavour to also tender an apology forthwith, as their integrity and the interest of their clients remain paramount to them.