*I STOLE NO MONEY FROM IMO TREASURY RT. HON EMEKA IHEDIOHA*
Ihedioha Reacts to the allegation of missing N20 billion leveled against his 7-months in Office by Imo State Govt
#RE: N19. 63 BILLION STOLEN LG FUNDS: IMO GOVERNMENT APPROVES REQUEST BY AUDITOR GENERAL TO RECOVER FUND FROM IHEDIOHA’S ADMINISTRATION.
My name is Mayor Eze, I was the Special Adviser to Governor Emeka Ihedioha on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in the short but eventful administration. I have severally seen the above captioned releases making waves in the social media since this morning. I obviously decided to ignore them because it does not require a response due to the fact that the write up is filled with very obvious lies. I still find it difficult to believe that anyone in government will condensed to such a low to publish such. THE FACT THAT ANY ONE WILL OPENELY STATE THAT AN AMOUNT (N19. 63Billion) THAT WAS OVER 60% OF THE ENTIRE LG ALLOCATION RECIEVED UNDER THE IHEDIOHA ADMINISTRATION WAS STOLEN MAKES THE WHOLE THING A COMIC RELIEF FOR THIS COVIC SIT AT HOME PERIOD.
However, reading a copy of the Sun Newspaper this morning, I came across same story on page 27. This time, it came with a heading, IMO APPROVES PROBE OF IHEDIOHA OVER N19. 63billion LG FUNDS, without the flesh they gave to its online version.
Then I decided as the man in charge of the Bureau then to make some facts clear for the reading public to make up their minds by dealing with the online and viral version.
1, Wall House was paid N945m so far before we left and not N1.215 billion as claimed. He has also delivered seventeen pieces of the Earth moving equipments to the present government of Imo state and they are parked within the Hero’s Square premises.
2, There was no such thing as Unconscionable mandatory withdrawal of N2.405 billion. From who to who, where and when?
3, There was nothing like payment of N9. 378 billion to Local government councils for an undisclosed purpose. If such funds were paid into local government councils, that’s a bonus. But who paid that and from where?
4, Anyama and Co recieved N245m for no disclosed purpose. I do not know who is Anyama and Co and the Bureau did not pay that under my watch.
5, Compulsory returns on kick backs from local government councils to the BLGCA to the tune of N2. 404 billion. There is absolutely nothing like that.
6, Payment of N245m to Raphael Anyama and Co (Chartered Accountants) from Rural roads without Payment vouchers. I repeat, I do not know this individual or company and no such money was paid to him when I was in the Bureau as Special Adviser.
7, Payments made through the banks without Payment vouchers or evidence of expenditure to the tone of N3. 332 billion. Like others above, this is a total fabrication and falsehood.
8. Curious Phenomenon where N25m was paid twice to the Principal secretary to the Governor as Security vote. Once again, this is laughable, was the money paid cash or through an account? This is a senseless fabrication.
9. I am yet to see the attached document for other details.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I have never in life seen this level of intend to attack and malign others without a single shred of evidence.
Thanks for ur time and best Regards.
Hon. Mayor Eze.
Special Adviser, Bureau of local government and Chieftaincy Affairs UNDER THE EMEKA IHEDIOHA ADMINISTRATION