… Court Rejects Application Against Probe
… Fixes Hearing May 27
The least is yet to be heard about the allegation that whopping sum of N19.63 Billion belonging to the Local Government was mismanaged during the Seven months administration of the immediate former Governor of Imo State, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha.
The Owerri High Court under Justice S.A. Opara had last Monday 11th may reject the exparte order from Ihedioha asking the court to stop his on-going probe as well as his invitation by the Imo State House Assembly Committee on Public Accounts.
Justice Opara who cited some relevant sections of the constitution against the expertise order sought by Ihedioha however fixed May 27 for hearing while the parties were asked to file necessary applications for hearing.
The Imo State House of Assembly Committee on Public Accounts had in line with an audit report of the local government which indicted the 7months administration of Ihedioha of mismanaging N19.63 billion from the Local Government Accounts begun an investigation into the matter.
In line with the said audit report, the Imo Assembly House Committee on Public Accounts Chaired by Hon. Chigozie Nwaneri has invited the Director of Administration and General Services, (DAGs) Treasurers amongst others, in the twenty-seven local government of Imo to appear before the committee for investigation on how the said amount was misappropriated.
The audit report further indicted the Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy which mayor Eze as at the said time was Ihedioha S.A of collecting N2billion from the Interim Management Committee Chairman as kick-back.
While the investigation by the Assembly Committee on public accounts is on-going, the immediate former governor Ihedioha last Monday sought a court order, stopping the on-going probe by the committee as well as his invitation which would come up at the end of the investigation which the court rejected rather ordered for hearing.
As it is, Ihedioha though did not get his reliefs from the court which include amongst others stopping his probe but may have succeeded in taking the matter to court which hitherto may give him a fair hearing than the committee as hearing begins 27th of this month.