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Ihedioha denies ordering demolition of Okorocha’s structure


Imo State governor-elect, Emeka Ihedioha

There was no handover, committee alleges, EFCC denies arresting ex-gov
Imo State Governor Emeka Ihedioha has denied ordering the demolition of Akachi (hand of God) structure built by immediate past governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha.

Buldozers, being directed by some persons, had demolished the statue, which has a hand pointing up, built with rooms and lighting equipment and located near Naze on the outskirts of Owerri.

Most Imo people had criticised the relevance of the structure with huge state’s resources, describing it as an object of idolatry and was subsequently pulled down yesterday on the order of Ihedioha.

However, Governor Ihedioha has directed all financial institutions that have any financial relationship with the state government, not to honour any withdrawals from the state’s coffers, either through cheques or transfers of any form.

Special Adviser, Media to the governor, Steve Osuji in a statement issued yesterday, disclosed that the directive took immediate effect, warning all heads of agencies, departments, Permanent Secretaries to take note, as they would be held responsible for any misconduct.

Besides, the Imo State Inauguration Planning Committee has accused the Okorocha of failing to formally handover to Ihedioha.
Speaking to newsmen after the swearing-in ceremonies on Wednesday, the Committee Chairman, Chris Okewulonu said: “No official handover had been effected so far.

According to Okewulonu, no meeting has held between Ihedioha and Okorocha since after the election, claiming that the former governor may have left town unannounced. “We are literally in the dark so to speak. The outgone governor gave us no cooperation whatsoever, unlike what obtained during previous transitions.

“Yet he (Okorocha) makes claims about huge amounts of money he left in the treasury but as at today, there is no single paper to back up those claims, but Ihedioha is undeterred in all of this,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Sam Onwuemeodo, Chief Press Secretary to Okorocha described the arrest story that the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) officials arrested the immediate past governor, his wife, Nkechi and brother, Gerald, as untrue and imaginary. He told The Guardian yesterday that the story was not true, adding: I am writing a statement. If I continue to answer calls one after one, it won’t work. Wait for the release now.”

Besides, the EFCC refuted reports that its operatives have arrested the former governor and members of his immediate family.
EFCC’s acting Spokesman, Tony Orilade, refuted the claims, describing the report as ‘fake news’ adding: “Such report that Okorocha and his wife have been arrested is fake news and should be disregarded.”


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