Roughly two weeks ago, we spoke with one of the key figures at the State House of Assembly and he expressed that part of the difficulties they were facing in this matter was getting the EFCC to release Joseph Dina in order commence court proceedings. Dina has been in custody of the EFCC since the 28th of March. Why he is yet to be released we do not know but today, the Government House press has brought us good news. They are reporting that a court order has been issued. See full report:
The Owerri Chief Magistrate court presided by Mrs. Victoria Isiguzo has ordered the police to produce Mr. Joseph Dina, the Managing Director J-PROS Int’l Limited to face criminal charges filed against him and his company by Imo state government for fraud and obtaining money from the state government under false pretenses.
The suit as filed by the state Attorney-General and Commissioner, Barr. Soronnadi Njoku on behalf of the state government also seeks to prosecute the contractor for abandoning a major road contract in Owerri capital city after criminally obtaining money in excess of the contract sum.
Recall that the J-PROS boss abandoned the Sam Mbakwe road project awarded to the company after collecting the total contract of N1,150,000,000 and another N200,000,000 overpayment.
Mr. Dina, had in the course of investigation carried out by Imo State House of Assembly, accused the former Deputy Governor and then commissioner for Works, Sir Jude Agbaso of demanding and receiving N458M gratification, an allegation he claimed led to the abandonment of the project.
The legislature upon its investigation and in pursuant to its oversight functions as enshrined in the constitution found Agbaso guilty and subsequently impeached him thus becoming the first deputy governor to be impeached since the creation of Imo state.