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Alleged N19.63b fraud: Imo Assembly to drag Ihedioha to EFCC

The Imo State House of Assembly has declared that it would forward its committee findings on the alleged misappropriation of N19.63b local government funds under Emeka Ihedioha’s administration to the Economic Financial Crimes Commission {EFCC), to take action.

Chairman House Committee on Public Accounts, PAC,Hon. Chigozie Nwaneri, who disclosed this Tuesday in Owerri, said that the work on the report had gone about 50 percent.

The declaration came even as the former governor has challenged his investigation at an Owerri High Court, where he has sought an order to stop the Assembly from any form of invitation to him or his agent in the matter

Nwaneri, who represents Oru East state constituency, also disclosed that the Assembly has hired the services of external auditors and accountants to conclude the report.

“This Public Accounts Committee, PAC, started under the previous administration of Emeka Ihedioha, and it has existed for almost a year now. “And since this present government came in we have not reshuffled this committee. This committee has remained the same as when the previous government was in office.

“And nobody can say that it is biased. We are just going by the book as submitted to us by the Auditor General of local government. We are doing fact findings; the work has already being done. We are also trying to find out if the Auditor General is not trying to witch-hunt, anybody.”

“We have the rights to look into the dealings of local government funds. If you look here, these are audited reports, annual reports of local governments, when they are through with these reports they send it to this committee, the Public Accounts Committee to do our fact findings in case they make mistakes. So, we have the legal rights to do our job.”

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