Sacked governor of Imo State, Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha, has yesterday denied any involvement in the payment of the alleged pension fraudsters stating that he inherited the alleged fraud from the administration of his predecessor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.
Ihedioha who reacted through his former executive chairman of Pension Commission, Chime Aliliele, following publications by the state government of the names of eight persons who allegedly received about N330million annually as pension from the state.
Chime Aliliele, states that there was fraud before Ihedioha took over as governor, which was why Ihedioha embarked on a painstaking verification exercise.
Chime Aliliele stated that all pension payments during Ihedioha’s time were paid electronically with the used of BVN, and paid directly into the Bank account of pensioners.
Chime Aliliele further stated that every pensioner’s account number, bank, photograph, phone number and address were in states records, insisting that if there was any fraud by anybody, the person should be arrested immediately.