Adebiyi Adedapo in Abuja
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) have arrested three top officials of Imo State government for allegedly diverting the sum of N2 billion bailout fund given to the state by the federal government for payment of salary arrears of the state’s civil servants.
The suspects were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly being involved in illegal diversion of the fund.
According to a statement from EFCC, Principal Secretary to Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, Dr. Obi Paschal Chigozie, Director of Finance in the government house, Uzoho Casmir, and one Iheoma Kenneth, referred to as a Treasurer.
“Their arrest followed an investigation into the alleged diversion of the said money which revealed that, the cashier had made cash withdrawal of N456.532m between September 3, 2015 and October 10, 2015 from the Government House account domiciled in Zenith Bank.”