The Imo state governor, Emeka Ihedioha, accused her predecessor, Rochas Okorocha, on Thursday of paralyzing the state through “mass looting”.
Ihedioha alleged that Okorocha ransacked the state’s purse and left it in a “deep hole of corruption and misappropriation without meaning.”
The governor addressed the Imo State stakeholders in Owerri, and insisted that the eight years of his predecessor sank the state into unsustainable debt.
He said: “Our interim findings show a constant pattern of looting and massive dispossession of public goods, dismantling and transportation of public goods such as electric poles, vehicles, trucks, office equipment and furniture, etc.
“There were illegal last-minute sales of government property at gift prices and illegal land allocation, including the retroactivity of the Certificates of Occupation.”
The governor declared that the state was facing a debt of more than 100 billion naira with “nothing to show”.
In revealing that the state government has received more than 30 billion Naira in Garnishee orders from contractors, the Imo state governor said the contracts were fraudulently adjudicated by the Okorocha government.
“I must inform you in this regard that, so far, we have received more than 30 billion Naira in Orders Garnishee that arise from several ill-conceived and fraudulent contractual agreements deliberately consummated by the previous administration, to destroy the future of the State and its abundance “The population is chaining the State in a huge debt trap,” Ihedioha said.