- The Imo state government has raised an alarm over the activities of two committees which it refers to as fake
- Governor Rochas Okorocha on Monday, April 15, said that these committees go about in the name of collecting state revenue without approval from him
- Okorocha said that the committees remove public properties like streetlights and that the police are after them
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo has alerted indigenes not to engage in any dealings with two committees said to be going round the state to recover government properties and collect revenue.
Okorocha in a statement issued to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, April 16, and signed by his chief press secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, said the two committees were fake.
He said one of the fake committees, tagged committee on recovery of government properties, was responsible for the illegal removal of streetlights in Owerri.
He said that security agencies have been alerted to track them down for prosecution and urged the people to volunteer useful information to facilitate the arrest of members of the illegal committees.
The governor said: “I want to use this opportunity to inform Imo people that the two groups operating as committee on recovery of government properties and task-force on IGR are fake.
“These groups are responsible for the removal of streetlights in the city and other public properties and the security agencies have mounted manhunt on them.
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“It is important to let the public know that Gov. Rochas Okorocha has no need to setup such committee and task-force because his administration would be over in less than two months.”
He further stated that the groups have unleashed serious hardship on the people of the state, adding that government has directed security agencies to apprehend the culprits.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Okorocha had accused the governor-elect of the state, Emeka Ihedioha, of impersonating him.
The governor made the accusation in a statement sent to journalists on Tuesday, April 9 by his spokesman, Sam Onwuemeodo. Irked by the recent actions of Ihedioha, Okorocha reminded the incoming governor that he was still handling the affairs of the state as embedded in the constitution.
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