I did not give IPOB N500m, says Rochas Okorocha

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By Wisdom Deji-Folutile

A former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has refuted accusations stating that he gave the Indigenous People of Biafra N500m when he was in office.

Okorocha while speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today, said that he signed two N250m cheques to address the causes of insecurity in the state during his tenure.

In a statement by his spokesperson, Sam Omwuemeodo, the former governor stated that contrary to what was alluded by detractors, IPOB was not given N500m.
According to Omwuemeodo, the Imo State Government might take advantage of the narrative in an attempt to make Okorocha a scapegoat.

The statement read, “Senator Okorocha had talked about how he released N250m on two occasions totalling N500m, for an empowerment programme for militants in the oil areas of Ohaji, Egbema and Oguta, who accepted to embrace peace and surrender their arms. That was how peace returned to those areas.

“And he also enlisted them and other youths into Imo Security Network, Imo Civil Guard, Niger Delta Security Network, Youth Must Work Programme and so on. Their stipends being N15,000 or N20,000 each monthly.

“Okorocha never claimed to have given IPOB N500m. The Imo government is an expert in chasing shadows and passing buck or looking for scapegoats.”

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