Alleged N458m bribe: Imo govt confiscates JPROS company’s property

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…As impeached Dep Gov sues JPROS CEO for defamation

OWERRI—The last is yet to be heard about the N458 million bribe scandal rocking Imo State as the state government has ordered immediate confiscation of property belonging to JPROS International Company Limited.

In a similar development, the impeached deputy governor, Sir Jude Agbaso, has dragged the chief executive officer of JPROS, Mr. Joseph Dina, to court, claiming N5 billion as special and aggravated damages for defamation.

The Agbasos are particularly irked by the falsifications crafted and presented by Joseph Dina to the Simeon Iwunze-led ad hoc committee instituted by Speaker of the State House of Assembly, which eventually handed down a guilty verdict against Agbaso.

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Dina had claimed before the ad-hoc committee that Agbaso demanded and collected N458 million bribe money from him (Dina) with a view to making the former deputy governor to be favourably disposed to award more road contracts to JPROS.

Angered by this allegation, the former deputy governor’s elder brother, Chief Martin Agbaso, engaged forensic experts that put a tracker on the alleged missing money.

During a press conference, Chief Agbaso announced that the money for which his younger brother was thrown out of office, had been traced to two separate accounts in Dubai and Lebanon.

Vanguard recalls that Imo State government awarded N1.5 billion road contract to JPROS and not only overpaid the bill by N200 million but also made full payment of the contract sum without the job being completed and certified by the relevant government agencies.

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At the time of going to press, it was not clear how government intended to recover all money stashed away in foreign banks by Dina but Vanguard gathered that Governor Rochas Okorocha had given a marching order to the Ministry of Works and Transport to complete the project.

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