Change of Govt: Workers foil alleged attempt by ex-Auditor-General to steal official documents

Hope Uzodinma

While Imo people were Wednesday waiting for the swearing in of the new Governor-elect of the state, Senator Hope Uzodinma, a former Auditor-General of the state, Barr. Osita Nwosu was busy allegedly plotting how to steal official documents from his former office.

Owing to the vacuum created by the fact that there was no Acting Governor in place for over 24 hours, while Imo awaited the swearing in of the new governor-elect, Senator Hope Uzodinma, following the Supreme Court Judgment of last Tuesday, the former Auditor General may have tried to take advantage of that administrative lapse to allegedly sneak out official documents from his former office.

Luck however ran out on the retired auditor when workers in the headquarters of the Imo State Local Government Areas Audit (LOGAUDIT), Owerri raised the alarm over the alleged invasion; crowded and held him hostage.

Nwosu had allegedly attempted to take away some files from his former office on Wednesday while Senator Hope Uzodinma was about to be sworn-in as the new governor of Imo state following the Supreme Court’s verdict on the Imo governorship election which sacked former governor, Emeka Ihedioha.

On sighting the former AG clutching some files and attempting to leave the office, workers in the office locked the premises and held him hostage in his former office; having also allegedly refused to hand over to the new Auditor-General after his retirement.

Nwosu was locked up for hours until the intervention of some security personnel from the Nigerian Police and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps who eventually dispossessed him of the files and whisked him away for explanations in the company of the new AG, Sir Dom Edomobi and some of the workers.

It was not clear whose interest the former AG represented in respect of the sudden bid to flee with official documents from a sensitive office like the Local Government Audit Headquarters, but there were speculations that the attempt may be connected to the recent Supreme Court’s judgment on Imo.

According to sources in the office, the intention was to remove all documents related to financial dealings with local governments under investigations before the judgment. gathered from reliable sources that there was a letter from the office of the Head of Service dated 11th and 13th December, 2019 that directed Nwosu to proceed on retirement.

The staff pointed out that from the letter, the former AG had already served for 40 years in the civil service having started work in 1979.

The staff said that since the inception of the LG Audit, no Auditor-General had retired at 40 years of Service but rather at 35 years as stipulated.


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