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Claims and counter-claims (couched in the form of denial) of the alleged theft of some billions of dollars said to have been kept in the safety of a government functionary, have been reverberating the ears of Imolites for quite some time now.

Claims and counter-claims (couched in the form of denial) of the alleged theft of some billions of dollars said to have been kept in the safety of a government functionary, have been reverberating the ears of Imolites for quite some time now.


Although the allegations  did not mention any particular person, but the instant denial by a government official and his spokesperson have raised the issue to a ridiculous decibel.
More intriguing is the reported detention of a policeman attached to the office of the Chief of Staff to the Governor, in obvious connection with the said theft of the 'hypothetical' bail-out fund meant for Imo State Government under the watch of Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha.
The situation has become so disturbing that the people of Imo State who are literally grovelling for livelihood, especially workers whose salaries are unpaid, falling into arrears, should not be taken for a ride  or driven round the garden park, as it were  over such an issue.
A mere disclaimer by the Chief of Staff who is at the centre of the 'riddle' does not solve the problem because such issues have been swept under the carpet elsewhere.
We are disturbed, infact astounded, by this disclosure at an austere time as this in our national history when all efforts are being geared towards brightening up the fiscal environment.
On this score, we call upon the Commissioner of Police, Imo State Police Command, whose officer is said to be detained in this regard, to tell the people of the state all that he knows about the goings-on, and the incarceration of his man.
Human rights activists are hell-bent on the release of the policeman who is linked with leakage of information on the alleged 'riddle' of theft carried out by a domestic servant in Government House.
What is more, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) should not wait till a formal petition is sent to them before they start acting. This is the time to start the necessary investigation, especially the 'safe-keeping' of people's rescue fund in one man's house.
The Governor should address this issue frontally because it was reliably understood that the state's bail-out fund of N26.8 billion from Central Bank of Nigeria has been accessed to Imo State. If that amount was what Imo needed to keep afloat, why are there ripples of anguish in the land?
 

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