The alleged misappropriation of 6 Million fund said to have been released by the Delta State Government following the demolition of some property along Ughelli Asaba Expressway belonging to the people of Ogwashi-Uku community in the State by some indigenes of Ogbe-Ubu Quarters in the community, has sparked off fresh trouble.
Chief Austin Okeibunor, an elder statesman in Ogbe-Ubu Quarters at the weekend confirmed to journalists in Asaba that the alleged misappropriated fund would be recovered by him soonest, adding that the Quarter will not back down in its quest to recover the community’s fund.
It was gathered that the N6million fund was compensation paid to the community by the state government for the demolition of the community’s property following the dualization of Ughelli-Asaba road.
But this was not to be as certain persons (names withheld) within the Ogbe-Ubu Quarters of the community allegedly hijacked the fund and diverted it into personal pockets.
Chief Okeibunor speaking further, called on relevant security agencies to carry out anti-corruption
crusade of President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration to all nooks and crannies of the community, by standing for justice at all times.
Chief Okeibunor said that measures to recover the fund was to appeal against the judgement at the high court, even to the Supreme Court, adding that there are video clips showing what transpired during a reconciliatory meeting between Ogbe-Ubu Quarters people and the accused persons.
In a swift reaction, the accused persons who did not want their names in the print, denied all allegations against them, adding that for the court to have freed them showed they were innocent of what they were accused of.