The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha on Tuesday said the blood of some pensioners who died while waiting for their pension was not on his head.
This claim was contained in a statement in Owerri, the state capital by Okorocha’s Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo.
The governor also claimed that he discovered six hundred and fifty million naira, pension cheque fraud and that thirty persons had been arrested in connection with the fraud.
According to him, “About thirty (30) Pension Board Staff have been handed over to the Personnel of Directorate of Security Services (DSS) over monumental fraud dictated in Pension Cheques amounting to N650 million naira.
“The Cheques in question are 92 with some of them containing N10 million and above. It was discovered that one person could have three or four Cheques written in his or her name and most of the names non-Pensioners and the amounts in the Cheques all in millions.
“Prompting the governor to summon a meeting after a preliminary investigation with the key Pension Board Staff in attendance, and Pensioners from the 8 designated Local Governments for payment.
“Okorocha was not happy that “Before handing over the suspected Pension Board Staff to security agents, the blood of Pensioners who had died without their Pensions would be on their heads.
“Some of the Senior Pension Board Staff involved have hotels in Owerri, Aba and Delta State, while two of them have housing estates, and said they would be made to face the full wrath of the law.”