OWERRI – Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 arrested three top officials of Imo State government for allegedly diverting N2billion bailout fund given to the state by the Federal Government for payment of salary arrears of the state’s civil servants.
The suspects that were arrested are: Obi Paschal Chigozie, Principal Secretary to the Governor of Imo State; Uzoho Casmir, Director of Finance and Iheoma Kenneth, Treasurer.
It was disclosed that their arrest is as a result of an investigation into the alleged diversion of the said money which revealed that the cashier had made cash withdrawal of N456.532 million between September 3, 2015 and October 10, 2015 from the Government House account domiciled in Zenith Bank.
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 suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded. It is yet to be clear if the governor of Imo State Rochas Okorocha has anything to do with this allegations