CCB, ICPC urged to probe Okorocha over N1b statues for African leaders
The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) have been urged to investigate Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State for allegedly spending N1 billion to erect statues of Presidents Jacob Zuma and Ellen Johnson –Sirleaf of South Africa and Liberia.
The call was contained in a letter by Lagos-based human rights group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) to the acting chairmen of CCB, Dr Muhammad Isah and Professor Bolaji Owasanoye.
In the correspondence by the body’s Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, it expressed “serious concern that Governor Okorocha may have spent over N1 billion of public funds to build statues of Presidents Zuma and 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. The initiatives cannot be justified under any circumstances whatsoever, especially at a time when Imo State is unable or unwilling to pay teachers’ salaries and pensioners’ entitlements.”
The group, therefore, called on the heads of ICPC and CCB to “jointly investigate allegations of incompatibility and/or apparent conflict of interest situation, and abuse of office involving Governor Okorocha 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.”
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