A staff of the Imo State House of Assembly, Eme Chukuma, has petitioned the Clerk of the Assembly, Barr (Mrs) Chinelo Emeghara who he accused of forgery and financial fraud to the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission ICPC, alleging that she falsified her official records on the basis of which she is occupying a position she does not deserve and has in the past one year and some fraction, earned more salary than she legitimately should.
The complainant stated this in a petition dated July 13, 2021 with the caption, “Financial fraud occasioned by illegal promotion of the Clerk of Imo State House of Assembly, Barr (Mrs) Chinelo Emeghara” and addressed to the Honourable chairman, ICPC, and other related offenses commission, Plot 802 Constitution Avenue, Zone A9 Central Area, PMB 535 Garki, Abuja, Thru The State Commissioner ICPC, Bf/1, Area “E” (Around 40x 40 Roundabout) Opposite Index Filling Station, Owerri, Imo State.
The petitioner averred that, a glance at the clerks record of service indicate that she started work on 27th July 1995 on salary grade level 09 and was supposed to be on grade level 15 in 2012. But was questionably placed on grade level 17, on the basis of which she is fraudulently occupying her present position as Clerk of the Imo State House of Assembly”.
“From the information passed from her records, I believe until proven otherwise that at the point of transfer from the Ministry of Justice to Imo State House of Assembly, she manipulated her levels 15 and 16 for her to be promoted to level 17 by 2012”.
The petitioner also stated that, “perusal of the Federal Character Commission, Imo State office Manpower Survey of Imo State Public Service 2008 and the list of officers on transfer to the Imo State legislature, dated 18th July 2008, has her name Barr (Mrs) Chinelo Emeghara (Legal Department) Deputy Director, Grade level 15, while her boss, Barr (Mrs) ETC, RBK Okafor’s name was also there as Director, on grade level 16. Between 2008 and 2012, there was no other promotion. Then how come she suddenly rose to grade level 17”?
Eme Chukwuma further stated that the civil service has promotional years of 3 year interval for staff on grade level 7-13 while those on level 14 and above have four years interval.
“Hence from 1995 to 2012, the promotional years were 1998, 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2011/2012, which is 5 promotions. But Mrs Emeghara claimed to have had 7 promotions. How come?”
He urged the ICPC boss to use his good offices to verify his complaint, cause the clerk to revert to her rightful position and refund without delay all the money she earned illegitimately as she is allegedly building a mansion behind Concorde Hotel Owerri and has bought choice properties all over the state capital”.
Effort to reach the Clerk for her reaction on the petition proved abortive as she declined comment.