The Imo government said former governor Rochas Okorocha made overt attempt to rob the state of her university.
The incumbent levelled the allegation against Okorocha at a press conference in Owerri, the state capital on Monday.
Speaking, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy Hon Declan Emelumba said the immediate past governor tried to convert the state-owned university in which N20bn public fund was expended on to his.
Emelumba stated that the current government moved to recover Eastern Palm University, Ogboko from Okorocha when it became obvious that he wanted to fraudulently appropriate the institution to himself, displaying documents including approval from the National Universities Commission to authenticate the state ownership of the university,
According to him, “this is one of the most elaborate and devious scam to dupe an entire state of their patrimony using the instrumentality of state power”
He said that “from the acquisition of the 101 hectares of land where the said university is located,it was made clear that it was for the permanent site of Imo State University. The government subsequently paid N58 million as compensation to the owners of the land. The money was paid through Moneke and Legal Practitioners of No 5 Emeka Emebo close, Idado, Lekki Peninsula, Lagos”.
Chief Emelumba recalled that even the former governor told Imo people in 2012 that he was building a permanent site for Imo State University in Ogboko and that the land was being acquired to host the permanent site, only for him to turn around to try to convert it to his private university.
“The approval by NUC expressly stated that Eastern Palm University is the 42nd state university in Nigeria. No where was it designated as a private university’”, the commissioner clarified.