Prof Benard Odoh
Prof Benard Odoh, former Secretary to State Government (SSG) has petitioned the economic and Financial Crimes Commission on the alleged misappropriation of the 2016 Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) agricultural loan fund.
The request was contained in a petition captioned: “Misappropriation of 2016 CBN N2billion Agricultural Loan Fund Meant For Ebonyi State: A Request For Investigation and made available to newsmen in Abakaliki on Thursday.
Odoh in the petition stated his readiness to submit himself to investigation by unbiased and impartial body to investigate the alleged misappropriation of the Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme released by CBN to Ebonyi in 2016.
The fund was made available by the nation’s apex bank for assessment by farmers, civil servants and political office holders in the state to engage in wet and dry seasons farming activities.
The Ebonyi government had in 2018 set up a Judicial Commission of Inquiry charged with probing the disbursements of the alleged misappropriated fund.
However, the State Executive Council at its weekly meeting on Thursday, May 28 approved the reconstitution of the panel with seven-man member and headed by Justice Chris Eze.
However, Odoh who was the Co-Chairman of the committee saddled with responsibility of disbursing the loan to beneficiaries in 2016 alleged that the panel would not be fair and impartial in its investigation.
Part of the petition reads: “I stand ready to be investigated; however, the Ebonyi Government Panel of Inquiry on the missing N2 billion CBN Agric Loan is a composition of government’s appointees and governor’s loyalists.
” I don’t expect justice from the panel hence, EFCC has my invitation to investigate all of us who served on the Ebonyi Government Rice Project Management Team.
“The EFCC should arrest and prosecute all those found to have misappropriated either in part or in whole the said CBN N2billion agric loan.
“It is my conviction that these if done, will serve as deterrent to other managers of public trust and prove to all and sundry that their are no sacred cows in the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration fight against corruption.”
Summitnews recalls that Prof Odoh served as SSG between 2015 and April 2, 2018 before he voluntarily resigned his position.