Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo on Wednesday, May 12, dissolved the state’s Executive Council and sacked 20 of the 27 commissioners in the cabinet.
The governor, however, retained eight commissioners.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba via a statement in Owerri.
He said the dissolution was to restructure the administration of Uzodinma to further achieve his numerous projects of the 3R of Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, and Recovery agenda.
Emelumba said the eight commissioners that were retained included information and Strategy, Works, Finance, Health, and Youths.
Others were Tourism, Technology, and Women Affairs.
According to him, “Uzodinma wants to rejig his administration and soon he will reconstitute his cabinet to further achieve his agenda for Imo people,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, on Wednesday, May 11, revealed that the anti-graft agency has recovered $153 million from Diezani Alison-Madueke, ex-Minister of Petroleum Resources.
According to Bawa, the anti-graft commission recovered the final forfeiture of over 80 properties in Nigeria valued at about $80 million from Diezani, who has been living in the United Kingdom, UK, since leaving office some years ago.
He further explained that the EFCC is looking forward to having the former Minister in the country, to face trial; given that she was out of Nigeria’s jurisdiction.
This was contained in the April edition of the commission magazine, EFCC Alert.
“There are several issues surrounding Diezani’s case. I was part of that investigation, and we have done quite a lot. In one of the cases, we recovered $153 million; we have secured the final forfeiture of over 80 properties in Nigeria valued at about $80 million. We have done quite a bit on that.
“The other cases as it relates to the $115 million INEC bribery is also ongoing across the federation. We are looking forward to the time we will, maybe, have her in the country; and, of course, review things and see what will happen going forward. The case has certainly not been abandoned,’’ Bawa said.