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Rivers Govt Begins Probe Of N36bn Syringe Factory Fraud



The Rivers State government has set up a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate alleged N36 Billion fraud involving the state government-owned Integrated Medical Industries Limited for the manufacture of Auto Destruct Syringes at Rumuosi, Obio/Akpor local government area of Rivers State.

The commissioner for Information and Communications, Hon. Emma Okah, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday, said the decision to set up the panel was reached at the State Executive Council meeting held last Wednesday in Government House, Port Harcourt.

Okah disclosed that the decision was based on the acceptance of the recommendations of an Executive Committee headed by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry-Banigo, which was set up to look into the matter.

The statement reads in part: the management team led by one Mr Amenya Wokoma has been sacked while a management structure will be put in place pending the outcome of the commision of inquiry.

“Council has also directed the Hon Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice to take over the ongoing prosecution of Mr Amenya Wokoma for his role in the stealing of company assets worth billions of naira.”

“The Auto Destruct Syringe factory was set up by the administration of Dr Peter Odili and it began production in 2009.

“Following a convoluted quest for expansion, the State Government under the leadership of Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi inflicted the State with aggravated financial exposure which cannot be accounted for today as the company has gone aground and N36Billion investment now drained.

“A fraud of N36Billion is not a tea party and the state government will stop at nothing to bring the perpetrators to justice.”