Governor Emeka Ihedioha of the state of Imo denied that Chika Odionyema, one of the 77 alleged scammers listed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), sponsored his election.
Latest Nigeria News recalls that the FBI in a press release published in Los Angeles, California, Thursday by US prosecutor Nick Hanna, announced the arrest of 77 Nigerians in an ongoing investigation into fraud cases.
The report also names Valentine Iro, 31, and Chukwudi Christogunus Igbokwe, 38, both Nigerian nationals as the main suspects in the case. He added that both individuals would coordinate the others to launder the victims’ funds.
However, it was deduced that one of the suspects, Odionyenma, would have played a fundamental role in the appearance of Ihedioha as governor of the state of Imo.
We recall that the governor of Imo had appointed the suspect as a senior member of his acquisition committee.
Reacting in a statement Monday, the special assistant to the new media governor, Izuchukwu Akwarandu, said Monday that those linking Odionyenma’s alleged fraud agreements with the governor were “bad”.
He said that since Ihedioha appointed him to the committee that oversaw his inauguration, there have been no cases of neck fraud anywhere in the world.
According to Akwarandu, Ihedioha participated in some of the programs organized by Odionyenma because they were intended to empower people.
He said, “He (Odionyenma) is an Imo State son and it was in that capacity that the governor attended the programmes that he organised.
“Moreover, those programmes were meant to empower the people and you know that the governor is a man of the people.
“It is important to note that as of the time the governor appointed him into the inauguration committee, there was no fraud case hanging around his (Odionyenma) neck anywhere in the world.”