Former Governor of lmo State, Rochas Okorocha, has denied giving the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) N500 million when he was in government.
Okorocha said that the current government was rattled and cowed by his superlative outing on Channels’ Television, Sunday night, and came up with the story that he gave IPOB N500 million, while he was governor.
According to the former Governor, he intelligently explained how he managed IPOB in the state, to ensure peace throughout his eight-year tenure.
“Okorocha had talked about how he released N250 million on two occasions totalling N500 million, for an empowerment programme for Militants in the oil areas of Ohaji, Egbema, and Oguta, who accepted to embrace peace and surrender their arms.
That was how peace returned to those areas.
“And he also enlisted them and other youths into Imo Security Network (ISN), Imo Civil Guard, Niger Delta Security Network, Youth Must Work Programme, and so on. Their stipends being N15,000 or N20,000 each monthly.
“Okorocha never claimed to have given IPOB N500 million. The Imo government is an expert in chasing shadows and passing buck or looking for scapegoats,” he stated.