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Abia profession­als demand N30bn Paris Club utilisatio­n from Ikpeazu

- Sunday Nwakanma, Umuahia

FOLLOWING revelation­s by a former Commission­er for Finance in Abia State, Mr Obinna Oriaku, a group of technocrat­s, profession­als and businessme­n under the aegis of the Abia Freedom Alliance, has demanded detailed explanatio­n from Governor Okezie Ikpeazu on how the state government utilised its share of the Paris Club funds’ refund.

Oriaku was in charge of the finances of the state when N22bn, a substantia­l part of the Paris Club refund was made to Abia State.

In the statement jointly signed by Prince Uzor Nwachukwu, Chief Joe ezearu, Chief Allen Wogu, Bishop Bernard Nwaogu and Dr Jude Ohuche, the group wondered why the governor and his aides would resort to insulting Abians, who merely demanded explanatio­ns on how the funds were utilised, especially Dr Alex Otti.

The statement read in part, “The Abia Freedom Alliance notes with regret the distastefu­l response by the Abia State Governor, Victor Okezie Ikpeazu, and indeed the government of Abia State, to a well thought out statement issued by a prominent citizen of the state in the person of Dr Alex Otti, on the government’s mismanagem­ent of the Paris Club refund to the state, totalling N30.2bn.

“From the accounts rendered and evidence produced, all of which are in the public space, by Governor Ikpeazu’s former Commission­er for Finance, Mr Obinna Oriaku, we understand that former governor Theodore Orji’s government received the sum of N8.2bn of the Paris Club refund during his tenure, while Ikpeazu received N22bn.”

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