SERAP submits petitions against Okorocha over N1bn statues

SERAP submits petitions against Okorocha over N1bn statues

A human rights advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, says it has submitted a petition to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission against the Governor of Imo State, Rochas  Okorocha.

The group said it wants Okorocha probed for abuse of office on account of his erecting statues of the South African and Liberian presidents, Jacob Zuma and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, respectively, in his state.

SERAP said both statues might have cost N1bn, adding that it was concerned that they might have been funded with public funds.

The group particularly questioned the legality of Okorocha’s involvement in his Rochas Okorocha Foundation, while holding public office as Imo State Governor.

It’s Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, said the group’s petition, dated November 10, 2017, seeking Okorocha’s probe, was copied to the Code of Conduct Bureau and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

SERAP wondered whether spending N1bn to erect Zuma and Johnson-Sirleaf’s statues was in the public interest, especially at a time that Imo State owed its teachers and pensioners.

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