Covid-19: Okorocha Should Urgently Return Some Of The Funds He Looted To Cushion The Effects Of The Lockdown


Coronavirus has plunged the entire world into the biggest humanitarian crisis ever. Governments around the world have therefore adopted measures to halt the spread of the disease. And because the most effective measure remains social distancing, economic activities have been shut down almost globally, and the ordinary people are left at the mercy of hunger, save for some climes where governments and philanthropists have intervened to cushion the effects.

In Imo State, the lockdown as ordered by the Government has been yielding the desired result, given that presently Imo has not recorded any confirmed case of Covid-19.

But there is another side to it. The people cannot be allowed to die of starvation as every economic activity in the State has been halted. It is in view of this that we request the former governor of Imo State, Chief Rochas Okorocha, to refund to the people at least five percent of his entire loots from the State for eight years. We have absolutely no doubt that five percent of Okorocha’s loots can pay each resident of Imo State one million Naira.

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We have followed the bizarre and startling revelations of the probe panel which has unearthed horrendous financial malfeasance, improprieties and sleaze perpetrated by Chief Okorocha to the tune of hundreds of billions of Naira. We know of the disappearance of the bailout funds. We know of the diversion of the Paris Club Refunds. We know of the ecological funds unaccounted for.

We know of the over four hundred billion Naira of local government funds even when Chief Okorocha never had a local government system for eight years. We know of the almost thirty-five billion, being the illegally deducted and diverted portion of Imo IGR. We know of the one hundred and five billion ISOPADEC funds. We know of the FAAC allocations which increased by sixty percent in eight years even when Chief Okorocha slashed the salaries of workers by forty percent during same period.

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Now Imo people are locked up indoors; they are hungry and are living in fear and trepidation as a result of Coronavirus. Now commercial activities have evaporated. Imo people must eat to live, but they must work to eat. Now that no work can be done anymore, Chief Okorocha should, for the sake of humanity, return part of his outrageous loots to save Imo people from death, instead of stockpiling the money for his 2023 presidential ambition.

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Comrade Ozokwere Galore, BoT Spokesperson.
April 1, 2020.

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