Yesterday, Emeka Ihedioha, ex-governor of Imo State, slammed all accusations of involving in payment of pension fraudsters, however, he took over the fraud from Senator Rochas Okorocha, his predecessor.
Through Chime Aliliele, former executive chairman of Pension Commission, Ihedioha spoke in Owerri following the eight persons who received N330 million every year as pension published by the state government in Imo State.
Aliliele said, “I have received hundreds of phone calls and WhatsApp messages in reference to a Vanguard publication on July 4, 2020 under the above heading. As the executive chairman of Imo State Pension Commission under the Rebuild Imo administration of Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha, CON, I am forced once again for the second time since we left office to make clarifications on unfounded allegations against our pension reforms by the present government.
“There is no doubt that there was pension fraud before the Ihedioha administration took over, hence the painstaking pension verification exercise we did.
“All pension payments during Ihedioha’s time were made electronically through BVN direct to the Bank account of pensioners.
Every pensioner’s account number, bank, photograph, phone number and address are in our records. So, if there is any fraud by anybody, such should be arrested immediately.”