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HOTT! Government to probe Ihedioha over alleged N19.63bn missing JAAC fund

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The government of Imo state is set to probe their former Emeka Ihedioha over N19.63billion missing fun.

The N19.63billion was allegedly collected from the Local Government Joint Accounts Allocation Committee JAAC by the immediate past Governor, Emeka Ihedioha.

 

Today, the state government has approved the request of the Auditor General of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to take all necessary steps in recovering the missing funds.

The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy,Declan Emelumba made this known while briefing press on Tuesday at the Imo State government house.

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Emelumba said the misappropriated fund was discovered during a routine audit of the Accounts and Records of JAAC with the Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs by the LGA Auditor General for the 2019 fiscal year.

According to the Commissioner, the approval was in line with the new Imo agenda to entrench a resilient and transparent public service to the state.

He said that JAAC was set up by law and disbursement of LGA funds is guided by Model Financial Memorandum and other extant laws on custody, management and audit of the said entity.

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He further disclosed a withdrawal of over N2.405billion by the same Bureau for LGA and Chieftaincy Affairs.

Others, according to him, were N9.378billion paid for an undisclosed purpose, alleging that one Mr. Anyama and Co. received N245million also for non-disclosed purposes.

The Principal Secretary to the immediate past Governor was also alleged to have received the sum of N25Million twice in December 2019 as a security vote whereas such funds were not paid from JAAC accounts.

The Commissioner described the development as shocking and the height of embezzlement within seven months of his stay in government.

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He said the new government led by Senator Hope Uzodinma will stop at nothing to recover all looted funds from the sacked government.

 

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