Okorocha promises hell to criminals; informants to get N1m award


The Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has conceded that the crime rate in the State is not healthy for the economy as it could scare investors and resolve to “match these criminals action for action”.

Addressing a meeting of stakeholders held at the Ahiajaku Centre, New Owerri, the governor declared that poverty is no longer an extenuating excuse for crime.

To underscore his concern for the level of crime in the state, Okorocha announced a lists of rare incentives to discourage crime; any criminal who surrenders a pistol would be paid N50,000 while surrendering AK 47 would attract payment of N200,000 to the repentant criminal as any one who would disclose vital information on criminals and crime would be compensate would attract payment of N200,000 to the repented criminal as any one who would disclose vital information on criminals and crime would be compensated with N1,000,000.

On the community council government over which the governor and workers in the stae are at daggers-drawn, he gave a firm indication that there is no going back on the scheme announcing that N1,000,000 would be released to each community council as take-off grant.

He also clarified the conditions under which a community council would quality for the grant including the provision of the offices for the CGC, availability of a Church, School, market and health Centre stressing that communities without these facilities would not receive the take-off grant.

To underscore his shift of emphasis to agriculture, governor Okorocha charged each community to secure 200 hectares of landf for agricultural projects.

The governor pointed out that the fourth-tier government arrangement is aimed at the development of the rural communities to unlock the communities to unlock the economy of the state stressing that all his policies and visions are aimed for the betterment of ImoStateand not for his personal gains.

Owelle Okorocha disclosed that traditional rulers with question antecedents would no longer be allowed to retain their stools announcing that a judicial panel of inquiry would be set up to investigate the records of traditional rulers in the state.

He counseled youths in the state to find alternative to white collar jobs and advised graduates from the state to register with the Imo College of Advanced Professional Studies (ICAPS

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