- Governor allegedly collaborated with Kosovo, Turkey, Croatia and other countries
- NMA believes the building of 27 new general hospitals in the state are evidences
- Governor's aide says case is old and is being investigated by the DSS
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has been accused of allegedly collaborating with Kosovo, Turkey, Croatia and other countries to carry out human organs trafficking.
This accusation was made by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), through the chairman of the Private and General Medical Practitioners in the state, Dr Philip Njemanze, Nigerian Pilot reports.
Njemanze, who spoke during a press conference after an emergency meeting of the association in Owerri, the state capital, said: "For the first time in human history, a government has declared itself an organ trafficking cartel. Imo state government is using the state health facilities to facilitate organ trafficking network.
"Foreign collaborators of the state government from Turkey, Kosovo, Croatia and others are already here in Imo to perfect creation of the network. It is an international network with Rochas as its local head. A former prime minister of Kosovo is the head of organ trafficking in Europe and he is a friend of Okorocha."
The aggrieved medical practitioner also alleged that Governor Okorocha's recent trips to Turkey, Kosovo, Croatia and other Latin American and Asian countries as well as the building of the new 27 general hospitals in the state, are testament to the fact that the governor is party to organ trafficking business in the state.
When contacted, Sam Onwuemedo, the governor's senior media adviser explained through a text message that the allegation "is an old story that is being handled by the DSS."
This allegation is coming following reports in the state that a refusal of the governor to recall the 3000 workers he allegedly sacked will lead to a total shutdown of activities in the state.
According to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), there would be a total shut down of Imo state once the 14-day ultimatum issued to the state government to recall the sacked workers and tackle their unpaid salaries and other benefits expires.
President of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Mr Igwe Achese, a member of the 6-man action committee set up by NLC to handle the Imo crisis, told Vanguard that all measures had been put in place for the planned action.