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Non appearance of Ohakim’s accusers stalls misappropriation probe

Owerri – An attempt by the Imo State House of Assembly to investigate allegations of misappropriation of public funds against Governor Ikedi Ohakim, has run into a hitch.

The Assembly’s ad hoc committee, chaired by Assemblyman Samuel Anyanwu, (Ikeduru Constituency), could not sit yesterday as earlier scheduled, following the absence of the Governor’s accusers.

A former Governor of Abia, Chief Oji Kalu and a Lagos-based newspaper columnist, Mr Maximus Uba, had accused Ohakim of misappropriating public funds running into billions of naira.

Consequently, the House set up the committee to investigate the allegations.
The committee, it was learnt, invited Kalu and Uba to its sitting to substantiate their allegations, but they failed to show up.

Uba had, in a newspaper advertorial, given conditions to be met by the committee before he would appear, saying he would like a public sitting on the matter.

He also demanded that he be given free two-way flight ticket and enough personal security, in addition to a demand that some members be dropped from the committee.

But the chairman of the committee told journalists, yesterday that the committee had not received any such demand from those invited to testify before it.

The committee will sit  again on September 16, when Kalu and Uba are expected to appear.


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