SERAP URGES PROBE OF OKOROCHA OVER N1BN STATUES
Written by Kaka Saratu Poga on November 13, 2017
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked Muhammad Isah, acting Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and Bolaji Owasanoye, acting Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) to “jointly investigate allegations of incompatibility and/or apparent conflict of interest situation, and abuse of office involving Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State in connection with the exercise of his public functions and leadership of the Rochas Okorocha Foundation, and to collaborate with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in any such investigation.
The organisation said that “such investigation would help to improve public confidence in public authorities, and minimise the risks of bad government by public officials.”
In the petition signed by SERAP executive director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, the organisation expressed “serious concern that Okorocha may have spent over N1 billion of public funds to build statues of South African President Jacob Zuma and Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.”
According to the organisation, “The spending on statues and apparent misuse of public resources may have violated constitutional provisions and international standards on code of conduct for public officers.