- Imo state government has given updates on the investigation of ex-governor Emeka Ihedioha
- Declan Emelumba, the state commissioner of information, said the ex-council chairmen said they were ready to shed light on the alleged misappropriation of the N19.63 billion LG funds
- Ihedioha was sacked as the governor of Imo state by the Supreme Court and Hope Uzodinma declared as the authentic governor of the state
The Imo state government said the Interim Management Committee (IMC), the chairmen under the former administration of Emeka Ihedioha, have expressed their readiness to explain their level of involvement in the alleged misappropriation of the N19.63 billion local government funds in the state.
Vanguard reports that the state commissioner for information and strategy, Declan Emelumba, on Thursday, April 16, spoke in Owerri, on the ongoing recovery process of the funds by the auditor general for local government from those who were said to have mismanaged the monies.
Legit.ng gathered that in Emelumba’s submission, the chairmen were eager to exonerate themselves by saying what they know about the funds, one of which he said was the procurement of earthmoving equipment for all the 27 local government areas.
“This is a routine thing in civil and public service. Public funds are subject to audit and that is the law. The funds from local governments are subject to audit and that is what the auditor general has done. Nobody is talking about probe here. What the audit report is saying is that some people fictitiously spent local government money and it is improper. They should refund the money.
“What is at stake here is that the auditor general for the local government did an audit report and discovered that a staggering amount of N19.63 billion was fictitiously spent for contracts that were not executed, were withdrawn from JACC, without a clearly stated purpose for that and they asked the governor, Hope Uzodinma, for approval to recover the money and the governor gave them the approval,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Ihedioha suspended his visit to the state, following allegations made by the Imo state government. Ihedioha was scheduled to visit the state on Thursday, March 12, and the announcement of the proposed visit had caused a frenzy in the state.
It was reported that despite his ouster by the Supreme Court, Ihedioha, a former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, has a large following in the state.
His supporters were upbeat about the proposed visit and plans were in place to give the former governor a heroic welcome. The Imo state government, however, released a statement on Tuesday, March 11, alleging that the visit was geared towards causing crisis.
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