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Alleged Stolen N19.63B: IMO ASSEMBLY GOES TOUGH ON IHEDIOHA

… Mandates Uzodinma To Probe Former Governor

It is not yet Uhuru for the immediate former Governor of Imo State, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha over alleged misappropriation of N19.63 Billion of the Local Government funds within the 7months he held sway as the governor of Imo State.

This followed a call by the Imo State House of Assembly on Governor Uzodinma to begin the process of recovering the said funds.

Imo State Government in a recent time accused Ihedioha of embezzling N19.63 billion of the Government funds within the short period he governed Imo.

This allegation by the Imo government, however, attracted mixed reactions both from the appointees of Uzodinma as well as that of Ihedioha.

The then SA on local Government affairs to Ihedioha, Mayor Eze described the allegation as comic relief while Onyeagocha, the Secretary to the state government during Ihedioha’s administration challenged Uzodinma’s government pointing out that he was ever ready to face probe panel.

The Imo State House of Assembly has moved a motion calling on the Hope Uzodinma Administration to begin the process of recovering the sum of N19.63 billion missing from the joint local government accounts.

At the house sitting today in Owerri, the member representing Oru East State Constituency, Hon Chigozie Nwaneri, drew the attention of the house to the report of the Auditor General of the Bureau for Local Governments that the said sum can not be accounted for during the period of the Emeka Ihedioha Administration. The motion was seconded by the member representing Ideato North State Constituency, Rt. Hon Innocent Arthur Egwim, who called on the house to mandate relevant authorities to include Accounts Departments, Ministries and Parastatals (AMP) in the state for investigation since no money can be looted or taken by politicians without their knowledge.

Also speaking, the House Chairman on Public Accounts, Hon Eddy Obinna, said lawmakers under his committee were prevented from carrying out fact findings on financial transactions during the last regime as they were accused of delving into the functions of the executive arm of government. He, therefore, supports a thorough investigation into the whereabouts of the missing fund.

The member representing Ikeduru State Constituency, Hon Amb. Uche Ogbuagu said most projects awarded by the past administration were not executed, giving an example of the mini-stadium which was awarded by the state government but was never built, saying the only stadium in Ikeduru is the one he personally built for his constituency.

Hon Okey Onyekanma (PDP) who represents Mbaitoli supported an investigation into the matter to avoid pointing accusing fingers on people who may have nothing to do with the said missing fund.

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