Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha have been implicated in a scandal involving human trafficking. The governor have been accused of allegedly partnering with Kosovo, Turkey, Croatia and other countries to carry out human organs trafficking.
Nigerian Pilot reports that the accusation was made by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), through the chairman of the Private and General Medical Practitioners in the state, Dr. Philip Njemanze.
Speaking during a press conference of the association in Owerri, Dr. Njemanze reportedly said:
“For the first time in human history, a government has declared itself an organ trafficking cartel. Imo state government is using the state health facilities to facilitate organ trafficking network.
“Foreign collaborators of the state government from Turkey, Kosovo, Croatia and others are already here in Imo to perfect creation of the network. It is an international network with Rochas as its local head. A former prime minister of Kosovo is the head of organ trafficking in Europe and he is a friend of Okorocha.”
He added that the governor’s recent trips to Turkey, Kosovo, Croatia and other Latin American and Asian countries as well as the building of the new 27 general hospitals in the state, are evidences to the fact that the governor is party to organ trafficking business in the state.
Okorocha’s senior media adviser, Sam Onwuemedo, when contacted to speak on the accusation explained through a text message that the allegation “is an old story that is being handled by the DSS.”
This is coming just few weeks after the governor allegedly sacked 3000 workers in the state and has refused to recall despite Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) warnings.
The union has however threatened a total shut down of Imo state once the 14-day ultimatum issued to the state government to recall the sacked workers and tackle their unpaid salaries and other benefits expires.
Mr. Igwe Achese, a member of the 6-man action committee set up by NLC to handle the crisis, has told newsmen that all measures had been put in place for the planned action.