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Criminal Conversion Of Imo State Government Property To Personal Property By Former Speaker Benjamin Chukwuemeka Uwajumogu


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Criminal Conversion Of Imo State Government Property To Personal Property By Former Speaker Benjamin Chukwuemeka Uwajumogu

The Acting Chairman,

Economic and Financial

Crimes Commission (EFCC)

WUSE II Abuja

Nigeria

 

Sir,

 

Criminal Conversion Of Imo State Government Property To Personal Property By Former Speaker Benjamin Chukwuemeka Uwajumogu

 

My name is Citizen Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha, a well known

socio-political crusader in Nigeria, of Imo State origin. I am a

former Senior Special Assistant on Media at the Imo State House of

Assembly. I also served as Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties

at the same Imo State House of Assembly, between 14th June 2011 and

17th December 2013.

 

My nature as a sociopolitical crusader does not allow me to keep quiet

when abnormalities and fraudulent activities go on in my environment.

Hence, I have been of immense assistance to the current war against

corruption and criminalities by the President Mohammadu Buhari led

Federal Government.

I am therefore bringing to your attention, for urgent action, the

criminal conversion of Imo State Government Property (Asphalt Drum Mix

Plant and Construction Equipment) to personal property by the

immediate Past Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly (2011 to 2015)

Rt. Hon. Benjamin Chukwuemeka Uwajumogu and his private company

(WERDIS NIGERIA LIMITED). It is my belief that this petition will be

attended to and justice done, for the government and people of Imo

State. I say this because a similar petition against this same man

(Rt. Hon. Benjamin Chukwuemeka Uwajumogu) dated 18th February 2014 and

addressed to the then Chairman of EFCC (Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde) with

documented evidences was swept under the carpet, after he reportedly

compromised his exalted office.

 

In 2011, when His Excellency Owelle Rochas Okorocha was inaugurated as

the Executive Governor of Imo State, the new administration had in

mind to pursue aggressive construction and indeed rehabilitation of

both urban and rural roads in the State. But due to the poor financial

base of the state, it could not be possible to achieve the goal

through contract awards only. However, the State Ministry of Works,

Housing and Transport had qualified personnel who could be deployed to

work on the said roads, but the only impediment to achieving the

objectives was lack of Construction Equipment and Asphalt Drum Mix

Plant.

To this end, the Ministry of Works Housing and Transport,  through

it’s then Commissioner, who was also the State Deputy Governor, Chief

Sir Jude Agbaso wrote a letter (No. MOW/COMM/S.1/VI/55) to His

Excellency the Governor, on the 13th of October 2011, informing him

that after due deliberations that the Imo State Tenders Board had

approved that WERDIS NIGERIA LIMITED be awarded the contract to supply

the required Construction Equipment and Asphalt Drum Mix Plant at the

cost of N213,262,500.00 (Two Hundred and Thirteen Million, two Hundred

and Sixty two thousand five Hundred naira) only.

 

His Excellency the Governor was therefore requested to release the

stated sum of money to the Ministry of Works in payment for the

supplies of the Construction Equipment and Asphalt Drum Mix Plant.

Accordingly, on that same 13th October, 2011, Governor Okorocha

graciously approved the release of the sum of N213,262,500,00 to

WERDIS NIGERIA LIMITED in respect of the above supplies. It should be

noted that the approval letter was endorsed by the following people.

(1)     His Excellency the Governor

(2)     The Deputy Governor/Hon. Commissioner of Works

(3)     The Accountant General of Imo State

 

Consequently, steps were taken and the said amount was released to

WERDIS NIG. LTD. However, WERDIS NIG. LTD  has refused to supply the

said equipment to the State Government through the Ministry of Works.

Rather, WERDIS NIG. LTD used the funds (money) approved to it for the

supplies, to build a private Asphalt Drum Mix Plant and Construction

Equipment located at Onitsha road behind Coca-cola Plant Owerri-Imo

State.

Through diligent Investigations, it was discovered that WERDIS NIG.

LTD is owned by the then Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Rt.

Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu, who used his exalted office to secure

contracts for his private company, which was and still being managed

by his immediate younger  brother, Mr. Nnadozie Uwajumogu. All efforts

made so far to recover the said Construction Equipment and Asphalt

Drum Mix Plant from Former Speaker Benjamin Uwajumogu and his younger

brother, Mr. Nnadozie Uwajumogu have proved abortive.

As a Socio-political Crusader in Imo State, I am most respectfully

calling on you to recover the Asphalt Drum Mix Plant and Construction

Equipment from WERDIS NIGERIA LIMITED and Rt. Hon. Benjamin

Chukwuemeka Uwajumogu. I am also calling on you to bring the same Rt.

Hon. Benjamin Chukwuemeka Uwajumogu and his younger brother Nnadozie

Uwajumogu to book.

 

The fight against fraud, stealing and corruption should be fought with

every amount of dedication, sincerity and honesty.

We must not allow corruption to overwhelm and kill us.

Rather, let us join hands together to kill corruption.

 

Yours most respectfully,

Hon. Citizen Dr. Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha FCAI, MKDA

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