The leaders of the Mgbala Agwa Autonomous Community in Oguta Council Area of Imo State have called for intervention from the state government over the N50 million bribe allegation rocking the community electricity project.
They are demanding the removal of their President-General, Nwokocha Prince Ezembi, due to his alleged involvement in a bribery scandal involving N50 million from an electricity project contract by an oil company in the community.
The community leaders spoke to reporters in Owerri on Thursday, expressing their concern about the electricity project that had been abruptly halted due to the bribery allegations, causing further hardship for the community.
The leaders also appealed to Governor Hope Uzodimma to intervene and request that Eugine Dibiagwu, the member representing Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta, Oru West at the House of Representatives, stop supporting Ezembi as the community’s President-General after the community dismissed him
According to their statement, they said: “We don’t want him again, we have removed him. He is no longer our PG because while in office, Nwokocha Prince Ezembi entered into a secret bargain with a contractor handling the electrification project in our clan to swindle N50,000,000 from the contract sum and this has stalled the electricity project.
“Our decision was based on the urgent need to save our community from further neglect, break down of law and order and as well save the governor Hope Uzodimma’s administration from internal and external sabotage.
“So, we deemed it necessary to bring to your notice the ugly development.
“Our anger also is that he rejected the General Memorandum of Understanding, GMOU/Projects Implementation Monitoring Committee set up by the government in 2021 and set up his own which he also chairs.
“We are not also happy that Eugine Dibiagwu, the House of Rep member has been attempting to recognise him (Ezembi) as the PG of the community despite his sack.”
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