Umuahia â€” The Abia Government has denied allegationsÂ that the wife of the state Governor, Mrs Odochi Orji and some of its officials were involved in a N3.3 billion financial fraud being investigated by the EFCC.
Mr John Nwokocha, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, told newsmen on Thursday in Umuahia that there was no iota of truth in the allegations published by some national dailies.
He said: â€œThe sponsor of the report, Mrs Miranda Nwadieyi, an American contractor married to a Nigerian from Arochukwu Local Government Area of the state never had any dealing with the state government as claimed.â€
â€œThe report is a figment of their imagination. The names they mentioned, including those of the governorâ€™s wife and the commissioner for works and transport, were wrong.â€
Nwokeocha added that it was not true that operatives of the EFCC were in the state to arrest either the governorâ€™s wife, the commissioner for works and transport or any other government official as reported.
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Kingsley Emereuwa, also debunked the allegations, saying the state government was not aware of any contract involving N11.8 million.
â€œThe truth is that one Miranda Nwadieyi, in the company of a man she claimed to be her husband, submitted a proposal for the supply of 3,000 units of Chevrolet cars for the state mass transit scheme,â€ it said.
The statement explained that the proposal was sent to the relevant authorities for study and advice to government, adding that only one sample of the vehicle was brought and displayed.
â€œHaving studied the proposal and enquiries made from neighbouring states that went into non_profitable deals with the couple and considering the non_suitability of the proposal for the transit scheme, government did not grant any approval,â€ it added.
The statement alleged that the couple later resorted to lobby government officials and attempted to present a â€˜â€˜Greek Giftâ€™â€™ to the wife of the governor, which was rejected.
â€œIt got to a stage they claimed to have spent huge amount in pushing their proposal, and requested that they be compensated with another contract.
â€œWhen government refused to play ball, the couple went to the EFCC. The state Attorney_General also wrote to the commission, stating the position of government and requested that any government official it has a case against should be prosecuted,â€ it said.
The statement reiterated that the wife of the governor never approached the couple for purposes of opening any coded account for transferring fund in the U.S. or anywhere as alleged.
When contacted which had made her speechless.
She said: â€œI am leaving everything to God who knows the truth.â€