- An investigative panel set up by Imo state government has indicted Okorocha and Ihedioha
- The panel said that a total amount of N214b was unaccounted for from 2011 to December 2019
- Eze Duruiheoma, the chairman of the panel, made the disclosure on Thursday, July 23
The immediate past governor of Imo state, Emeka Ihedioha and his predecessor, Rochas Okorocha, have been indicted for allegedly misappropriating of N214 billion of local government funds.
Vanguard reports that the probe panel was set up by the Imo state government led by Governor Hope Uzodinma, to investigate the finances of local government councils.
Legit.ng gathered that the auditor general of local government and chieftaincy affairs had earlier in the year indicted the same Ihedioha’s administration of misappropriating N19.3 billion also from local government funds.
The report said that on Thursday, July 23, while submitting the report of the investigating panel, to Governor Uzodinma, the chairman, Eze Duruiheoma (SAN), disclosed that a whopping N214 billion of local government funds was either misappropriated or missing between 2011 and 2019.
He said although N171billion was outrightly misappropriated, a total of N73 billion was diverted, adding that the administrations of Ihedioha and Okorocha treated the local government funds as personal property instead of using it to work for the people.
The panel chairman said the reports had been prepared in such a manner to guide the government in appreciating the enormity of looting perpetrated during the period.
Receiving the report, Governor Uzodinma regretted that leaders who were entrusted with public funds chose to betray the trust of the masses.
While commending the members of the panel for a painstaking job, the governor assured them that his administration was resolute in stamping out corruption in the state and enthroning a culture of probity, transparency and accountability in the finances of the state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that following the court judgement that struck out the suit to stop his probe, Senator Okorocha alleged that Governor Uzodimma was after him and his family.
It was reported that Okorocha’s media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo, in a statement issued on Thursday, July 9, said that Governor Uzodinma’s ongoing probe of Okorocha’s administration was targeted at humiliating him.
The said the report about court's rejection of Okorocha's request to stop his probe by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was not true.
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