Zuma, Sirleaf Statues: Okorocha Dragged To EFCC, ICPC, Code of Conduct .Over Alleged Abuse of Office, Cost of Project As Azikwe, Ekwueme, Ghana President Statues Set For Unveiling.

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Apparently not satisfied with the manner the Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha is running the affairs of the State, a group has dragged him to the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project SERAP, a notable anti corruption non-governmental organization, sent petition to the aforementioned bodies to investigate allegations of abuse office the governor was accused of.

In the petition dated 10 November 2017 and released on Sunday 11, Trumpeta obtained online, SERAP Executive Director, Adeokunbo Mumuni said “the organization was concerned that Okorocha may have spent over N1Billion of public funds to build statues of South African President, Jacob Zuma and Liberian President, Mrs Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

While stating that the necessity to investigate allegations of abuse of office prompted the petition, SERAP further alleged that “the spending on statues and apparent misuse of public resources may have violated constitutional provision and international standards on code of conduct for public officers.

The initiatives cannot be justified under any circumstances whatsoever, especially at a time when Imo state is unable or unwilling to pay teachers’ salaries and pensioners’ entitlements.”

The petition reads in part: “Inviting Zuma and Johnson-Sirleaf to attend the opening of his Foundation and then ‘honouring’ them with statues suggests abuse of office and apparent conflict of interest situation, as such acts were undertaken by Governor Okorocha in the exercise of his public functions to presumably promote and advance the commercial and other interests of the Foundation.”

“SERAP believes that rather than serving the common interest of the public, spending over N1 billion possibly of public funds on Zuma and Johnson-Sirleaf in the context of their participation in the opening of the Rochas Okorocha Foundation would seem to put Governor Okorocha in a conflict of interest situation.”

“SERAP notes that the Nigerian Constitution 1999 (as amended) and UN Convention against Corruption to which Nigeria is a state party prohibit conflict of interests and set ethical standards for public officers. Indeed, both the Constitution and the Convention require public officers to abstain from all acts that may compromise the exercise of their public office and functions, or are inconsistent with their entrusted positions.”

“Public officers also must discharge their public duties truthfully and faithfully, abide by the constitutional code of conduct, observe the primacy of public interest, and not allow their personal interest to influence their official conduct.”

“The CCB and ICPC should carry out joint investigation in collaboration with the EFCC of the allegations of conflict of interest, abuse of office and apparent misuse of public funds by Governor Okorocha. SERAP also urges the CCB and ICPC to prosecute Governor Okorocha after leaving office if there is relevant and sufficient admissible evidence of abuse of public office against him.”

“Conflict of interest represents a situation where the person exercising a public function has a personal interest of patrimonial or commercial nature, which could influence the objective fulfillment of the duties incumbent on public officers under the Constitution and international standards.”

“Conflict of interest arises from a situation in which a public official has a private interest which is such as to influence or appear to influence the impartial and objective nature of his or her official duties in order to promote private interests, which would be contrary to the public interest.”

“According to reports, Governor Okorocha recently hosted two African Presidents—South African President Jacob Zuma and Liberian President Mrs Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and built Statues in their honour”

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