The Imo State government and the former governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, on Friday, January 22, re-ignited their row over tiles and other properties of the state allegedly looted by the latter.
This was also disclosed by the state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Simon Ebegbulem.
Ebegbulem revealed how equipment allegedly belonging to Nsu Ceramic and Tiles Industry was found in a warehouse hidden by Okorocha.
The commissioner said that the 55-foot by 200-foot facility was stacked with various public-owned facilities.
Furthermore, the Commissioner accused Okorocha of looting the equipment from Ehime Mbano Local Government Area, which is the location of the industry, to his private warehouse in a bid to use the equipment and start a personal industry.
“Reliable information we have gathered from those guarding the warehouse indicated that sometimes, they (Okorocha’s people) do come here to pick some items to sell.
“However, some of the equipment we are looking for are here; and we have come to take possession of the Imo properties; and anybody we see here will blame himself. We have taken over the government properties for the good of Imolites based on their demands.
“We also found street lights components, traffic light accessories and artificial tree plants in the large warehouse owned by Okorocha. Also, a moulder from the Nsu Tiles and Ceramics and other components were discovered to be in the warehouse; and now, we have taken over,” Egbegbulem said.
In a scathing response, Okorocha denied the allegation and also challenged the state government to go beyond mere allegation and show proof of his malfeasance.
Okorocha said: “The government should disclose or publish the proof of ownership; of all they claimed they recovered. All these cock and bull stories have become irritating. If Governor Uzodinma was not demolishing Okorocha’s projects; he was invading warehouses in his government’s desperation to malign Okorocha.
“If after eight years of being governor, what the government could claim to have been looted by Okorocha were street light gadgets and cartons of tiles; then those who invaded the warehouse should cover their faces in shame.”