Governor Rochas Okorocha’s Top Aide In EFCC Net For Pocketing N2bn Bailout Fund

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Operatives of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday,
March 2, 2016 arrested three top officials
of Imo State government for allegedly
diverting the sum of N2billion (Two Billion
Naira) bailout fund given to the state by
the Federal Government for payment of
salary arrears of the state’s civil servants.

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The suspects are Dr. Obi Paschal Chigozie,
Principal Secretary to the Governor of Imo
State, Rochas Okorocha; Uzoho Casmir, Director
of Finance and Iheoma Kenneth, Treasurer.
Their arrest followed an investigation into the
alleged diversion of the said money which
revealed that, the cashier had made a cash
withdrawal of N456.532m between September
3, 2015, and October 10, 2015, from the
Government House account, domiciled in Zenith
Bank.
However, it was revealed that the said amount
was given to an aide to the Chief of Staff to the
Governor, following approval and directive by
the Principal Secretary to the Governor.
The suspects would be charged to court as soon
as investigations are concluded.

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