Imo State Government has given a node to the request of Auditor General of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to initiate a process for the recovery of N19.63billion allegedly syphoned from the Local Government Joint Accounts Allocation Committee JAAC by the immediate past Governor, Emeka Ihedioha.
This revelation came during a media briefing organised on Tuesday by the Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba.
This misappropriation was said to have been discovered in the course of routine audit of the Accounts and Records of JAAC with the Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs by the LGA Auditor General for the 2019 fiscal year. The said sum, according to Emelumba, was illegally withdrawn from the JAAC account without any Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) or Store Receipt Vouchers (SRV) or Store Issue Vouchers (SIV) in accordance with extant laws.
The sum of N2.405billion was said to have been withdrawn by the same Bureau for LGA and Chieftaincy Affairs while N9.378billion was paid for an undisclosed purpose.
The commissioner also revealed that a certain Mr. Anyama and Co. received N245million also for non disclosed purposes. In addition, Principal Secretary to the immediate past Governor was also alleged to have received the sum of N25Million twice in December 2019 as a security vote whereas such funds were not paid from JAAC accounts.