Okorocha verbally awarded us N240m tunnel contract – Firm

A construction company, Kilcornam Construction, yesterday narrated to the Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Contracts how former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, verbally awarded it a N240 million contract. The contract was without any agreement, but paid in full before commencement of project. Giving details of the transaction from the witness box, the Accountant of the company, Mr. Ududua Collins, said that the firm executed only the tunnel across Assumpta Avenue. His words: “The company was involved in only one project and that is the construction of the tunnel across…

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Okorocha shuns Imo probe panel

Former Governor of Imo state, Senator Rochas Okorocha did not show up yesterday for his scheduled appearance at the Judicial Commission of Inquiry on contracts from 2011 to 2019. Okorocha, who had chosen 5th March 2020 through his lawyer, had been expected at the commission to give evidence or clarifications on issues surrounding contracts awarded during his tenure as governor. Although the former governor whose case was first on the cause list in Suit No JUD/CICA/2M/2020 was not in attendance, his lawyer offered explanations why his client was not at…

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Okorocha, Umeh, others laud Nwanwko’s return to NASS

Former Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha and the ex-National Chairman, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Senator Victor Umeh have lauded return of a lawmaker representing Njikoka, Dunukofia and Anaocha Federal Constituency, Anambra State in the House of Representatives, Chief Dozie Nwankwo, urging him to rededicate himself to the service of his people. Nwankwo, who joined the elite club of ranking members of the National Assembly following his re-election and was sworn in by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila after successfully reclaiming his mandate at the Court of Appeal Elections Petitions…

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Imo monarchs to FG: Refund N20bn Okorocha spent on federal projects

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Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers under the leadership of Eze Samuel Agunwa Ohiri has expressed dismay that in spite of good counsel, and in the face of numerous financial challenges facing the state, former Governor Rochas Okorocha went ahead to build new command headquarters for the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Prison Services to the tune of N20billion. In a media interaction in his palace, Ohiri lamented that Okorocha donated the N20 billion facilities to the Federal Government when pensioners were being owed for several years with salaries…

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Who repays Imo bailout funds?

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The Federal Government of Nigeria recently constituted a committee to facilitate the recovery of N614 billion given to 35 states of the federation on budget support. Imo, expectedly, is one of the states that benefitted from the gesture, while Chief Rochas Okorocha held sway as governor. The state received N26.806 billion. According to a 2016 report by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) which monitored how states spent the bailout funds given to them by the Federal Government, funds released to Imo State were diverted. The…

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Okorocha, Ihedioha fight dirty over Imo funds

  Governor: He mismanaged N1trn state money Ex-governor: You spend N2.8bn monthly on sanitation     Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha and his predecessor, Senator Rochas Okorocha are enmeshed in a battle and all the gloves are off. With weeks of allegations and counter-allegations, Governor Ihedioha has described the administration of Okorocha in the state as a “wicked heist.” Ihedioha, yesterday, alleged that Okorocha stole over N1 trillion from the state coffers. The governor said this while reacting to allegations by Okorocha, claiming that the Imo State government under Ihedioha…

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Imo elders caution Okorocha against distracting Ihedioha

Immediate past governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has been advised to desist from ‘sensationalizing his failure’ and stop distracting Governor Emeka Ihedioha. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Elders’ Council gave the advice in a press briefing held at the party’s secretariat, Owerri, yesterday. Speaking on behalf of the body, Peter Mgbenwelu, Ambrose Ejiogu and Osita Nwaneri said they would be compelled to make Okorocha “politically uncomfortable” should he refuse allow Ihedioha to work in peace. They further warned the ex-governor to desist from heating up the state and constituting…

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Group dismisses Okorocha’s claim over daughter’s assault

A group, Legislative Watch (LW) has called on former Governor Rochas Okorocha and his family to shun claims of assault on his daughter, Uloma Nwosu, by operatives of the Imo State Committee on the Recovery of Moveable Government Assets as the claims had remained blatant falsehood. Executive Secretary of the group, Hon. Ngozika Ihuoma made the statement while reacting to statements credited to a group, Igbo Women in Nigeria and Diaspora (AIWND), which mandated Imo state Government to fish out the state officials who purportedly slapped the daughter of the former…

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Okorocha’s daughter escapes death in Imo

Mrs. Uloma Nwosu, the eldest daughter of the immediate past governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, narrowly escaped lynching yesterday, by an angry mob comprising youths from Naze community and traders from Alaba Market, Owerri, upon the discovery that alleged looted government properties by the previous administration were concealed in more than 15 containers (40 feet) inside a secluded warehouse along Aba Road. In the warehouse, believed to be owned by the former first lady, Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha and located opposite Alaba Market, next to the All- In supermarket recently…

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Okorocha’s daughter pelted, escapes mob action in Owerri

…as govt discovers more looted properties in warehouse Mrs. Uloma Nwosu, eldest daughter of the immediate past governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha narrowly escaped lynching Friday, by an angry mob comprising youths from Naze community and traders from Alaba Market, Owerri upon the discovery that alleged looted government properties by the previous administration were concealed in more than 15 containers (40 feet) inside a secluded warehouse along Aba road. In the warehouse, believed to be owned by the former First Lady, Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha and located opposite Alaba Market,…

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