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Group Demands Investigation Of Imo First Lady Over Missing N37 Million
The office of the Imo State First Lady, Nkechi Okorocha, is making frenzied efforts to conceal a scandal involving millions of naira allegedly stolen by a security officer.
A police man attached to the governor’s office is alleged to have disappeared with the sum of N37 which he found in the First Lady’s office.
But a group, the Imo Transparency Initiative, ITI, has requested that the governor, Rochas Okorocha account for the stolen cash which it described as tax-payers’ money lying recklessly in the office of a woman who is not even entitled to an imprest.
The group led by Nkem Abaka, expressed dismay that funds which are far greater than the imprest of several ministries and parastatals should be found in the office of the state’s First Lady.
Abaka argued that the office of the governor’s wife is not recognized by law and has no business lodging such large amount of cash.
The group called for an investigation into the matter, saying that pointing accusing fingers at the fleeing policeman is not enough as questions should be asked over such wanton abuse of public funds.
Initial reports said N8.5 million was stolen, but there are fresh indications that the missing could be in excess of N37 million.
It was gathered that the said security officer was posted to the Government House when Ikedi Ohakim was governor of the state as an orderly government and was retained by the present government.
Given his many years as security officer in the Government House and the confidence reposted in him, there was no suspicion to his movements until the day of the incident.
The whereabouts of the said officer has remained unknown and a manhunt is underway to find him.
It was also gathered that Okorocha has since sacked all police personnel in her office.