Gov Alex Otti of Abia State has set up a panel to recover stolen property from appointees of ex-governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s administration.
Recall that Otti of the Labour Party defeated the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in the last guber election in the state. Since his swearing-in on May 29 this year, he has claimed that he inherited huge debts and zero assets from the past administration.
Otti tasked the panel to recover government property from the state government officials who served under the Ikpeazu administration.
The secretary to the state government (SSG), Kenneth Kalu, announced the setting up of the judicial panel of inquiry in a statement on Friday. It has a judge of the state High Court, Umuahia, Florence Duruoha-Igwe, as the chairperson.
Other panel members include Prof Ekeoma Ogwo, Ugochukwu Okoroafor, Rev Fr Alex Okonkwo, and Prof Ngozi Akanwa.
Otti had earlier this month ordered former state officials to return the state government’s property in their possession or face sanctions.
However, former governor Okezie Ikpeazu has maintained that he left the state in a ‘robust’ state for Otti’s administration.