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  • News - South East - Abia
  • Updated: May 06, 2024

Forensic audit aims to recover stolen funds, not witch-hunt — Abia Governor

Forensic audit aims to recover stolen funds, not witch-hunt

Governor Alex Otti has clarified that the forensic audit of the Abia government's account was initiated with the aim of recovering stolen public funds rather than targeting individuals for witch-hunting.

Speaking at an interactive session with constituents of Isiala Ngwa South state constituency, Governor Otti emphasized that the audit, established upon assuming office, prioritizes the recovery of misappropriated government funds without intentions of imprisonment for anyone.

According to News Agency of Nigeria, he added that the report of the audit revealed that “a lot of money was looted and stolen brazenly” for non-existing projects which include the Abia Airport project.

The Abia governor added, “I am looking for the airport for which funds were moved from the coffers of the government for. The people concerned with the act of moving the airport project funds in question went to the media and began to say all manner of things.

“If you are following the happenings in the media space, you will see these things there. The problem with lying is that when you tell one lie, you will need another one to cover the first lie and need three more lies to cover the second one.

“We are looking for our money and we must find our money. If we don’t find the airport, then they will refund our money.”

According to him, the government will not relent in improving the welfare of the citizenry through various progressive initiatives that facilitate socioeconomic growth.

He also mentioned that his government was determined to recover the funds and utilise it for the development of the state.

Otti commended the House of Assembly member, Roland Chinwendu, representing Isiala Ngwa South, Roland Chinwendu, for playing “politics of no bitterness.”

“Immediately, after the elections he came to me to make it clear that as the member representing my constituency, he would work with me to move Abia forward. It is worthy of note that he is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party and I commend him for that,” the governor said.

Chinwendu noted that the emergence of Mr Otti as the governor was an indication that the citizens desire good governance.

“The elections are long over and I was elected to deliver effective representation and not elected to play politics of opposition or bitterness. We have a governor whose dictum is practical government and good governance and I have no reason not to identify with him,” Chinwendu said.

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