Former governor of Imo State, and Senator representing Orlu Zone in the Senate, Rochas Okorocha, has dragged the members of the seven panels set up by Imo State Government, to look into specific activities of the state government, between 2011 and 2019, to a Federal High Court in Abuja.
Also joined in the suit, with suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/508/2020, are the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the Attorney General of Imo State COC Akolisa, and the eight members of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Contracts.
Rochas Okorocha also joined the members of the Justice Florence Duruoha-Igwe led Judicial Commission on Lands and Related Matters, the members of the Panel to Investigate the Activities of Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, ISOPADEC, as well as the members of the Panel to Investigate the Status of Newly Established Tertiary Institutions, in the suit.
Others also joined in the suit are members of the Investigative Committee for Financial Transactions in Imo State, Committee for the Review of Appointments, Recruitments and Related Matters from 2015 till date, as well as members of the Committee for the Investigation of the Local Government Areas and Councillors, which has Chief Eze Duruiheoma, SAN as chairman.
The Registrar of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Contracts, Mr. Emmanuel A. Obi, has already been subpoenaed “to produce the testimony of Zigreat Co. Limited, before the Contract Award Tribunal, as represented by Cyracus Duru”.
The Registrar Mr. Emmanuel Obi has however replied the subpoena, through Okorocha’s lawyer, C. A. N. Osondu, telling the Court that “from the records available in the Secretariat of this Commission, the record sought to be produced, does not exist.”
The former Cashier in the Accountant General’s Office, Dr. Ethelbert Ojiaku, in JUD/CICA/119M/2020, informed the Commission that what he released to the Director of Accounts, Government House, were not linked to specific projects or contractors.
He stated that vouchers for contracts were domiciled in the Pay Office. He said he released funds without knowing who the beneficiaries were, and at all times, stating that the Principal Secretary sent in all the approvals.