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APC demands EFCC’s investigation of Okowa over alleged $10m laundering

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The All Progressives' Congress (APC) has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the alleged recent misappropriation of $10 million bailout fund by the Delta State Government.

The APC, in a statement issued by its acting Publicity Secretary, Leonard Obibi, expressed shock that the Delta state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, was the one at the centre of the media report, indicating that a South-South governor lost $10 million laundered fund to a mistress.

That party, which challenged Dr Okowa to stand up to defend his name and prove his innocence of the alleged financial crime, also demanded anti-graft agencies to delve into all alleged bleeding of the state's purse, including that of the misappropriation of N48.6 billion Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) funds.

It said, "We implore EFCC to dig deeper with this investigation and uncover other possible covert misappropriation by Governor Okowa who has still not responded to a recent accusation by Sahara Reporters that he, allegedly, has misappropriated a colossal sum of N48.6b from the statutory allocation due to Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), being half of the total 13% derivation funds that accrued to Delta State from May 2015 to November 2016, which has left the major oil-producing areas without any meaningful development since the advent of his administration.

"It is obvious to Deltans that under Governor Okowa’s PDP-led government and indeed, all previous PDP-led administrations, Delta State has nosedived in all ramifications: economically, educationally and in the quality of its infrastructure, leaving the state impoverished and left behind on several development indices.

"Even Delta State government workers and aged pensioners who have long been weeping and wailing over non-payment of their salaries and pensions have not been spared; and they have been protesting incessantly for release of their salaries and pensions.

"We now have every cause to worry that the looting of Delta State treasury has become another recurring decima with this Okowa PDP-led government.

“Given the gravity of the allegations, we call on Governor Okowa to step into the open and clear the air on this scandalous fleecing of the wealth of Deltans, including the reported misappropriation of N48.6billion DESOPADEC funds.

"We, APC Delta State, roundly condemn this damnable fraud on the people of Delta State, and demand that the EFCC does everything to bring the culprits to book immediately. Deltans are eager and waiting.

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