I did not give N500m to IPOB – Okorocha

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A former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, has said he never gave the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the sum of N500 million while he held sway in Imo to pacify the secessionist group against agitating for Biafra.

Okorocha while featuring on a programme on Channels Television, said while Governor, he released N250 million, on two occasions, totalling N500 million, for empowerment programmes, for Militants in the Oil areas of Ohaji/Egbema/Oguta, who had accepted his appeal to embrace peace and surrender their arms.

This, he said restored peace to the area and with such tact and God-given wisdom and knowledge, he was able to maintain peace in the State through out his eight years as Governor.

Soon after making the comments however, skewed reports began flooding social media that the Governor said he gave the proscribed IPOB N500 million to stop their agitations.

Reacting to the reports, Okorocha’s Special Adviser on media, Sam Onwuemeodo, alleged that the officials of the lmo State Government were rattled and cowed by the superlative outing of the Senator on Channels’ Television and come up with the jaundiced story.

He asserted that Okorocha had at no time said he gave IPOB N500m.

According to Onwuemeodo, Okorocha had only explained how he gainfully engaged the youths of the State into programs such as the Imo Security Network, (ISN), Imo Civil Guard, Niger Delta Security Network, Youth Must Work Programme, among others, to keep them from getting involved in criminal activities.

He concluded that the Imo State Government, “an expert in chasing shadows” was looking for a scapegoat to pin the blame on, for the security challenges in the State.

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