|EASTERN EMIRATE HOTELS LOCATED AT NEW OWERRI OWNED BY HON. IKECHUKWU AMUKA|
The authorities of the Imo State House of Assembly have appointed a six-man committee to probe allegations of corruption against the Speaker of the assembly, Chief Benjamin Uwajumogu. His former Senior Special Assistant (SSA), Media and later, Special Duties, Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha, had allegedly accused the Speaker and his Chief of Staff, Chikodi Ananekwe of amassing massive wealth, urging the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other anti-graft agencies in the country, to probe the Speaker.
However, the panel is being looked at with suspicion especially because it was the accused himself who set it up.
According to The Guardian:
On resumption of plenary on Thursday in Owerri, Uwajumogu appointed Ikenna Emeh (Isu), as the chairman of the panel. Others are Celestine Ngobiwu (Obowo), Stan Dara (Orsu), Obioma Ekennia (Ezinihitte), Chief Acho Ihim (Okigwe) and Mike Ndubuaku (Orlu). The committee was given 30 days to submit their report. Uwajumogu described the allegation as baseless. Emeh had raised the motion on the floor, stating that the publication in a newspaper (not The Guardian), alleged that the Speaker acquired lands in Abuja and Lagos, among others.
He argued that the allegation was an affront against the house also.
But Iwuoha described the panel constituted as “medicine after death and April fool to deceive Imo people.”
Meanwhile, the governor of the state, Chief Rochas Okorocha, has ordered the arrest of the Chief of Staff to the Speaker, Chikodi Anamekwe, and five other contractors in the state for allegedly collecting huge sums of money from the state government and abandoning the work.
Anamekwe, the owner of the company, the governor alleged, collected the sum of N18 million without executing the job. Okorocha made the orders in a Town Hall meeting in two Local Councils in the state.
Below are photos of some of the hotels, houses and even roads awarded by and constructed by the speaker, which has formed the basis for his current predicament as several Imo citizens are calling for a serious investigation and prosecution against him. There are also two photos of hotels allegedly being built by an associate of the speaker, Hon Ikechukwu Amuka, Member representing Ideato South Constituency and House member of State And Rural Roads Monitoring Committee.
Other members who reportedly have their own mansions and hotels include Hon. Stan Dara, Hon. Ugonna Ozurigbo and chief of staff to the speaker.
See more pics after the cut
|ANOTHER HOTEL UNDER CONSTRUCTION ALONG YARDUA DRIVE NEW OWERRI AND OWNED BY HON. IKECHUKWU AMUKA|
|MANSION UNDER CONSTRUCTION ALONG IHITTE UBOMA UMUAHIA ROAD BEING BUILT BY IMO SPEAKER|
|JASMINE HOTELS LOCATED BEHIND IMO CONCORDE HOTEL AND BUILT BY IMO SPEAKER|
|IMO SPEAKER FATHER’S MANSION RENOVATED AND FURNISHED BY SPEAKER
MANSION 1 LOCATED ALONG CHIEF BEN UWAJUMOGU STREET FHE UMUGUMA AND BUILT BY IMO SPEAKER
|MANSION 2 LOCATED ALONG CHIEF BEN UWAJUMOGU STREET FHE UMUGUMA AND BUILT BY IMO SPEAKER|