- More reports about how the former governor of Imo, Rochas Okorocha, allegedly squandered the state's funds have emerged
- The allegations were made by over 600 heads of communities in the state who claimed that Okorocha plunged Imo into N200 billion debt
- The leaders of the communities called on Governor Emeka Ihedioha to probe Okorocha and his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, under whose supervision the funds were spent
The former governor of Imo, Rochas Okorocha, has been accused by town unions of over six hundred autonomous communities and apex zonal social cultural organization of plunging the state into a debt of N200 billion during his administration.
The groups demanded that Okorocha should be probed by the state government, adding that the alleged fund was spent under the supervision of Uche Nwosu, his son-in-law, Vanguard reports.
Submitting their allegations to Governor Emeka Ihedioha in a statement, heads of the communities said: “The eight years that Chief Rochas Okorocha held sway as governor of Imo state were allegedly characterized by unprecedented and unbridled plunder of their common patrimony and have come to demand justice."
The statement partly read: “During the ruinous misrule of Okorocha, Imo went through a sort of untold financial haemorrhage, as resources were frittered away and public assets looted and converted to private use.
1. The N21.6 billion taken from the local government system of the state.
2. The Eastern Palm University built with our money.
3. The N96 billion being the stolen portion of Imo’s IGR for eight years. Over N40 billion looted through the failed 27 general hospital projects.
4. The Old IBC premises at Orji: Before now, everybody in Imo state knows that the Old Imo Broadcasting Corporation premises at Orji is government land.
The former governor used his office as governor to convert the asset to himself, after building gigantic blocks at the facility with government money. We request that this government property be recovered without further delay.
6. The Nekede and Orji Mechanic Villages.
"We also wish to inform the public that the vast expanse of land occupied by the artisans and mechanics at the Nakede mechanic village as well as Orji Mechanic village was allegedly forcefully taken by the former governor and given to his family members and cronies.
1. The Adapalm in Ohaji which Okorocha said was leased out to investors and left in ruins till date.
2. The Concorde Hotels, an enviable investment of the state which was acquired by Okorocha through some proxies.
3. Westbrook Hotels which is linked to Okorocha’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu. WODDI Wellness Center owned by Okorocha’s wife, Nkechi, built on the former Imo state Secretariat Annex, a land forcefully acquired from the State by Uche Nwosu as commissioner for lands.
4. The Reach FM owned by Uche Nwosu, without any knows legitimate means of owning such huge property.
"The multi-billion Naira Farmers Market built by Geraldine, Okorocha’s sister, on land belonging to the state.
1. Extervia Mega Supermarket opposite Civic Center Estate allegedly owned by Ogechi Ololo.
2. House of Freeda Malls in Owerri, Abuja and Lagos allegedly built by Uloma, Uche Nwosu’s wife.
3. A mighty poultry farm beside Shoprite owned by Uche Nwosu on land forcefully acquired.
4. A probe into the JPROS financial sleaze perpetrated in Okorocha’s first term.
5. Recovery of over N800 million given to Okorocha’s sister, Geraldine per annum, for Christmas trees.
6. Recovery of the N600 million diverted through the supposed renovation of the Imo state secretariat.
7. Recovery of the N18 billion for the construction of primary school blocks across the state.
8. Recovery of all the markets in the state which Okorocha has allegedly claimed 30% ownership.
9. Recovery of the ISOPADEC funds and the 13% oil derivation funds which amount to over N20 billion. Recovery of the cardboard industry at Owerri-Ebeiri in Orlu.
10. Recovery of the N2 billion diverted through the construction of the completely worthless Akachi Tower.
11. A probe into and recovery of over N120 billion diverted through failed road projects. There is no single road project done by Okorocha that is not a failure.
12. Recovery of hundreds of plots of land taken from the state.
13. Recovery of Imo’s security votes which Okorocha allegedly personalized for eight years.
14. Recovery of the billions of Naira through the construction of deadly concrete beams on the roads and overhead iron projectiles, which serves no purpose while people are dying daily of hunger. These death traps should be dismantled.
15. Recovery of IRROMA equipment worth billions of Naira. Recovery of ITC vehicles and investment, and many more loots!
16. The high powered probe of all the billions wasted in the “supposed” infrastructural development of the new universities in the state, as none of the substandard buildings has been completed.
More startling reports and revelations are coming and as they do, we continue to update Your Excellency and the public. We urge the governor to swing into action and ensure that justice is done in Imo state."
However, one of Okorocha's aides has denied the allegations, claiming that they come from his detractors whose goal is to discredit the former governor and make rubbish of his laudable achievements while in office.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Okorocha had said that he had forgiven Innocent Ibeabuchi, the returning officer for the Imo west senatorial election, in the 2019 general elections.
Okorocha said this in a statement signed by his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo, and made available to newsmen in Owerri.
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