By Anselem Anokwute, Owerri
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News Hour.com.ng – The CEO of Magnesium Hotel Owerri, Mr. Magnus Mezuma, has been arrested by the Police for allegedly bribing Gov. Uzodimma’s Special Adviser on Land Recovery, Hon. Paschal Nwakamma.
Mr. Mezuma was accused of converting government access road to his hotel premises.
It was gathered that the hotel owner refused several appeal and notice from the office of the special adviser on Land Recovery to open the access road.
Instead of the hotel boss to listen to instructions, he claimed that he acquired the access road through the office of the General Manager Owerri Capital Development Authority, Hon. Franklin Nzewodo when such couldn’t fly according to the report he went to seek help from the Elder brother of the governor Senator Hope Uzodimma who actually called the SA On Land Recovery Hon. Nwakamma on phone to allow the hotel owner to take the land and was rejected by the governor’s Aide who insisted that the right thing should be done.
It was learnt that on Wednesday, January 30, 2024, the hotel owner, Mr. Mezuma,visited the office of the Special Adviser on Land Recovery, Hon Nwakamma (Dumdum), with the sum one million naira in five hundred and one thousand Naira denominations to bribe the governor’s aide.
Hon. Nwakamma rejected the monetary offer and called the police officers on duty attached to his office to arrest the hotel boss with the money in sac bag as exhibit.
Mr. Mezu was taken to the office of the Commissioner of Police, CP Aboki Daguma who promised to investigate the matter. He was later detained at the State CID Imo State Police Command.
Addressing Newsmen, Special Adviser on Land Recovery Hon. Nwakamma, expressed sadness over people’s failures to adhere to simple instructions but move to bribe their way without caring about others.
According to Nwakamma, “He blocked an access road which is clearly against the policy of the government and I have told him several times to remove that structure and ensure that the blocked road is opened but he kept a deaf ears instead of that he is out to gather people and resources against the government.
“He knew that he has encroached into the government land and his only solutions is come to bribe me with huge amount of money but never did he know that I am not moved with such gimmicks”
“With this exhibits so far I will follow up the matter to a logical conclusion to serve as a deterrants to others that may likely want to cut corners instead of doing the right thing”.
“It is clear that no amount of money can be used to bribe me because I have the mandate of Governor Uzodimma to recover all illegally acquired Government lands in the State”
“If the person failed to do the right thing thinking about how to bribe me I will make sure that the person is exposed because I don’t need the bribe and will not compromise”.
“Please I don’t need need any bribe, what I want is for the right thing to be done if you know that you are in any way acquired, encroached or tempered with Government land desist from the land now and have peace”. Nwakamma said