The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested three top officials of Governor Rochas Okorocha’s government allegedly diverting the sum of N2bn bailout meant for the payment of salary arrears of the state’s civil servants, The Cable reports.
In a statement released by the anti-graft Commission today, March 3, it said one of the accused, the cashier, made a cash withdrawal of N456.532m between September 3, 2015 and October 10.
“Their arrest followed an investigation into the alleged diversion of the said money which revealed that, the cashier had made cash withdrawal of N456.532m between September 3, 2015 and October 10, 2015 from the government house account domiciled in Zenith Bank,” the statement said.
“However, it was revealed that the said amount was given to an aide of the chief of staff to the governor, following approval and directive by the principal secretary to the governor.”
The agency said the suspects would be arraigned once investigations are concluded.
The suspects are Obi Paschal Chigozie, principal secretary to the governor of Imo state; Uzoho Casmir, director of finance; and Iheoma Kenneth, treasurer.
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