A social rights advocacy group, called Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International, has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to ensure the prompt prosecution of the former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, over an alleged N20bn contract fraud.
This statement was documented in a petition sent to the anti-graft agency by the human rights group.
In the statement was the document revealing how Okorocha awarded N20bn contract to Zigreat International Company Limited, a firm that failed to meet all procurement requirements.
The business mogul, Okorocha, allegedly directed a man identified as Eze Enwereaku and another, Duru Onyeobi, to register a company named Zigreat International Company Limited, and they successfully diverted N20bn in the name of the contract.
The petition reads in full:
"Rochas Okorocha merely used the company to perfect his looting of Imo treasury by appointing/recommending the signatures to the company’s bank account and this put him in direct control of the finances paid into the company’s account through the award of fake and over-inflated contracts.
“Within a period of six years, Zigreat International Company Limited executed so many over-inflated contracts which were not formerly bidded and published in newspapers (due process) as required in the Procurement Act and thereby corruptly avoided probity, accountability and transparency in the entire procurement processes.
“The entire contracts awarded to Zigreat International Company Limited breached the law by avoiding pricing standard that ensures fair competition, transparency, value for money in public sector procurement.
“Please kindly investigate the actual cost of the contracts executed and recover the inflated resources/amounts paid to the contractor and pay the money back to Imo State treasury.
“Arrest and prosecute all persons found to have taken part or benefited in these illegal and over-inflated contracts by the Okorocha administration in Imo State.”