Governor of Imo state has responded to the call by a human rights group, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP demanding his probe over the statues erected in honour of two African leaders, Jacob Zuma and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
In the petition signed by the Executive Director of the group, Adetokunbo Mumuni, SERAP called on the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC to collaborate with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for a joint investigation of ‘incompatibility and/or apparent and conflict of interest’.
The group expressed concerns that Governor Rochas ”may have spent over ‘N1 billion’ of public funds to build the statues.”
In a statement by the chief press secretary to the governor, Sam Onwuemeodo, on Tuesday, the government said the state agreed with SERAP’s call for probe.
First, we want to solemnly subscribe to SERAP’s call for probe. We welcome the call. Our only concern is that SERAP contradicted itself by also passing judgements. It would have stopped at the call for probe to show they meant well. But they went ahead to pass judgements and thereby jeopardising what should have been their innocent call for probe, the statement read.