By Festus Ahon and Wahal Abduwahab
Okpe Awareness and Integrity Network, Delta State, OAIN, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, asking him to probe the Secretary to Delta State Board of Internal Revenue, Mr. Isaacs Itebu, for allegedly receiving salaries from two different government agencies.
Meanwhile, Itebu, yesterday described allegations levelled against him as mischievous and untrue.
Reacting to a media report credited to the Okpe Awareness and Integrity Network, Itebu said the report was a calculated attempt to smear his good image, adding “the allegation is a product of lies with evil intentions to malign my good image in the name of political differences.
“The allegation is coming as a result of my position in the recent Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, local government councillorship and chairmanship primaries.”
OAIN in the petition by four members of the group, namely Paul Ikpeba, Efe Owho, Avbarefe Samson and Milverton Enajero, argued that if the allegation turns out to be true and nothing was done to check same, it would affect the image of the people of Okpe Kingdom in Delta State, where Itebu hails from.
According to them, Itebu was appointed as Legal Adviser to the Majority Leader, Delta State House of Assembly in 2007 and was appointed as Secretary, State Board of Internal Revenue in 2009.
They alleged that while the man had relinquished office as the Legal Adviser, he “continued to collect remuneration and other benefits attached to the office as well as the remuneration and other benefits to his present job as the Secretary of the Delta State Board of Internal Revenue.”
The group appealed to the IG to use his good offices to investigate the matter.
Denying the allegations, Itebu said: “What the petitioners have said is a complete lie and it is not possible because when l was a Legal Adviser to Afe in 2007 and until I got this appointment in 2009 as Secretary to the Delta State Board of Internal Revenue, I was operating the same account with Unity Bank.
“So, it was not possible that I was receiving two salaries at the same time because after my resignation as Legal Adviser to the Majority Leader, I was immediately replaced by one Mr. Hero Omwirhiren.
“I was not bothered with what I saw and I do not want to join issues with anybody over elective or appointive positions they have held in the past, as it does not portray true Okpe man.
“But it is shocking to see that people could go to any length in the name of politics to tarnish one’s image. I will not quarrel with any one on this issue, but they should know that in politics there are interests.”