IBy David Ikechukwu
I think the news media is sending a very wrong signal regarding what’s happening in Imo State. A former chief executive allegedly looted the state funds for personal use, acquired state land illegally and built a private university with state funds.
Now, I am not a fan of Hope Uzodinma, but he has a responsibility to recover state property and funds. All these comments around party bigwigs fighting each other is just wild conjecture and bull…, honestly it’s unfortunate. Please let’s get the right message out there, this’s so that the people can be properly informed, thank you.
The state government can’t just go and seal off another man’s property for no just cause, there should be proper investigation as to how the funds for the estate and the university were acquired.
Politicians should stop taking the people for granted. He was finding it difficult to pay salaries and pension, but he allegedly diverted funds to build estates and a university. The law of Karma will catch up with him soonest.
They even have the impetus to show up at the estates sealed by the state government to make trouble, what impunity!
Have you seen the list put up by an official called Opurozor and circulating in the media about forceful take-overs and assets? If you have not seen them, here they are:
1. The N59.6 billion allegedly taken from the local government system by that man;
2. The University allegedly built with Imo money but personalised;
3. The N96 billion being the allegedly stolen portion of Imo’s IGR for eight years;
4. N40 billion siphoned through the unexecuted 27 general hospitals projects;
5. The Old IBC premises at Orji;
6. The Nekede and Orji Mechanic villages;
7. Also, vast expanse of land on the Sam Mbakwe Airport road was allegedly acquired by the Government for the purpose of attracting a Naval Base;
8. The Adapalm in Ohaji said to be leased out to investors and left in ruins till date;
9. The health center allegedly built on the former Imo State Secretariat Annex, a land forcefully acquired from the State by an in-law;
10. The FM station owned by someone without any known legitimate means of owning such huge property;
11. The multi billion Naira Farmers Market built on a land belonging to the State;
12. Over twenty-five plots State land acquired a Foundation was allegedly built. This is the Foundation through which billions of Naira have been laundered out of the State;
13. Mega Supermarket opposite Civic Estate owned by a sister;
14. A Plaza owned allegedly built on a land forcefully acquired from a civil servant by an in-law;
15. The Estate most of which land was forcefully taken from Mbieri people by a former state chief executive;
16. Malls in Owerri, Abuja and Lagos allegedly built by by a relative;
17. A mighty poultry farm beside Shoprite allegedly owned by an in-law on a land allegedly forcefully acquired;
18. A probe into the JPO financial sleaze perpetrated between 2011 and 2015;
19. Recovery of over N800 million given to one person per annum for Christmas trees;
20. Recovery of the N600 million allegedly diverted through the supposed renovation of the Imo State Secretariat;
21. Recovery of the N18 billion looted through the alleged construction of primary school blocks across the State;
22. Recovery of all the markets in the State in which one person allegedly claims 30% ownership;
23. Recovery of the ISOPADEC funds and the 13% oil derivation funds which amount to over N20 billion;
24. Recovery of the cardboard industry at in Orlu;
25. Recovery of the N2 billion allegedly diverted through the construction of the completely worthless Akachi Tower;
26. A probe into and recovery of over N120 billion diverted through failed road projects. There is hardly a road project done in eight years that is not a failure;
27. Recovery of hundreds of plots of land taken from the State by a family, spread across the state;
28. Recovery of IRROMA equipment worth billions of Naira allegedly looted;
29. Recovery of ITC vehicles and investments allegedly looted;
▪︎Ikechukwu lives in Abuja, and sent this via WhatsApp