By Auwal Umar
Elders of Orlu Senatorial zone of Imo State, under the aegis of Orlu Elders Council have called on Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo state to probe and prosecute the immediate past Governor of the State, Chief Rochas Okorocha.
The Adviser, Communications to the Deputy Governor Imo State, Dr Walter Duru disclosed in a press statement made available to Our Nigeria on Thursday.
The Elders Council faulted the mode of award of contracts under the immediate past administration, describing such contracts award as “shameless quotation of money.”
Chairman of the Council, Professor Francis Dike SAN, made the call during a courtesy visit to the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Engr. Gerald Iron, on Thursday, the group accused the former Governor of leaving “a legacy of Garnishee Orders and indescribable looting of the state treasury”.
“For eight years, nowhere in Imo State did we see billboards of Client- Government of Imo State”, Contractor- Y, X Contractors. Everything was done at shameless quotation of money by Okorocha and his family members, acting as alter ego of Imo State.
“Today, Billboards are seen at construction Sites. This government should be ready for probe when it leaves and that is why we ask for probe, prosecution and sentence if found guilty for Okorocha and his running dogs.
“We are aware of thousands of Garnishee Orders bequeathed to this administration as legacy of the shameless past government. Let Rochas say to Imo State that there were no Garnishee Orders when he left government.
“Let him deny that his administration operated over 260 bank accounts which we know were conduit pipes for looting Imo State. Congratulations for arresting this by instituting the Treasury Single Account within 30 days.”
The group also lauded the Imo State House of Assembly and Attorney General of the State for taking steps towards adopting the Administration of Criminal Justice Act in the state, describing it as capable of improving the course of criminal justice in Imo state.
In his reaction, Deputy Governor of Imo State, His Excellency, Engr. Gerald Irona commended the elders for rising to the challenge, by speaking out on issues concerning the state.
He used the occasion to explain certain policies and programmes of the present administration in the state, assuring the delegation that the administration of Chief Emeka Ihedioha will not fail Imo people.