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Itsekiri group alleges plot to divert N2.1bn devt fund

The National Association of Itsekiri Graduates (NAIG) has alleged ploy by some cabals within the association to divert a total sum of N2.1bn development committee fund. The association, in a release issued on Wednesday, and signed by its President, Mr. Collins Oritsetimeyin Edema stated that the intervention of the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris made through the instrumentality of the court stopped the alleged looting ploy.

According to the statement, the amount which is the coffers of Itsekiri Regional Development Committee was alleged to have been targeted by some cabals within the Association who vowed to ensure the Association does not move forward.

Part of the statement reads “but for the intervention of the Inspector General of Police at checkmating the continuous financial hemorrhaging of the entire Itsekiri nation by a self centered force, we would have lost a whooping sum of N2.1bn lodged in seven different accounts with Keystone Bank Ltd.”

The statement further disclosed that the Itsekiri Graduates’ body whereas others are deploying their funds in massive infrastructural and human capital development, those on whom we conferred the assignment have cornered our collective wealth with reckless abandon, and gone on a voyage of discovery.

The group noted that it has conclude plans to stage an Itsekiri economic summit in collaboration with notable Itsekiri professionals, foreign development partners and other key stakeholders with a view to exploring ways on how the IRDCN N2.1bn which has been frozen following the IGP’s intervention can be used to develop 23 Itsekiri Oil and Gas Producing Communities.

The statement disclosed that the IGP’s intervention was sequel to a petition by some concerned Itsekiri persons as the problem that has bedeviled the group seems not to end. Meanwhile, the state traffic management authority (DESTMA) may soon commence the impounding of vehicles without Plate Numbers plying various streets and highways in the State.

A statement released from DESTMA’s office and signed by one Jacob Osu, a copy made available to our reporter stated that owners of vehicles/motorists without vehicle’s plate numbers on the streets or highway in Delta State, and whose number plates were confiscated by DETSMA for traffic offences would be impounded starting from Friday September 1st, 2017.

The statement also explained that all unauthorized motorists with covered number plates are reminded of a Government order which restricts members of the public from covering their Registration Number Plates with the exception of heads of executive, legislator and the judiciary adding that a faulty motorists without their Plate Numbers should pay their penalties to the State Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) account and collect their number plates.

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