- Governor Uzodinma, through his media aide Oguwike Nwachuku, has denied paying herdsmen N8m for alleged missing cows
- The Imo state governor described the allegations as fake news sponsored by the opposition PDP
- Uzodinma urged the people of Imo state and members of the public generally to be wary of fake news
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The Imo state government has dismissed the allegations making the round that it paid ₦8million to herdsmen who allegedly lost their cows at Ezinihitte Mbaise.
A statement by the state's chief press secretary, Oguwike Nwachuku, on Thursday, May 14, described the allegations as fake news sponsored by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), The Nation reports.
Nwachuku said the author of the alleged fake news maliciously wrote that Governor Hope Uzodinma met with the leadership of the herdsmen's association at the Government House, Owerri.
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He added that the fake news report was also signed off as being authored by him, the chief press secretary.
Nwachuku, however, denied the report which he said was meant to cause disharmony between the government and the good people of Imo State.
The media aide said the statement is open to constructive criticism but has zero-tolerance for public misinformation.
Nwachuku urged the people of Imo state and members of the public generally to be wary of fake news materials.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Emeka Ihedioha, the former governor of Imo state, lost the bid to stop the state House of Assembly from probing him over the alleged mismanagement of N19.63 billion under his administration.
Justice S. I. Opara of the Owerri high court on Monday, May 11, rejected Ihedioha's application for an ex-parte order restraining the lawmakers from inviting him.
The judge in his ruling held that the case would be set down for hearing instead of granting the ex-parte application and ordered that all parties must file necessary documents for hearing.
The case was adjourned till Wednesday, May 27, for hearing.
Recall that Ihedioha had asked the court to restrain the lawmakers from probing him over alleged missing N19.63 billion. The Imo state government alleged that the funds got missing during Ihedioha’s seven-month administration.
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