Sept 2nd, 2013 – Governor Akpabio N50 Million Donation Fraud: “Arrest Stephanie Okereke, Others” – Nollywood Producers Petition EFCC
Association of Nollywood Core Producers, ANCOP have called for the arrest of Nollywood actress Stephanie Okereke and others who allegedly received N50 million donation from Akwa Ibom ‘father christmas’ governor Godswill Akpabio few months ago.
The group who recently petitioned EFCC & SFU are calling for a full investigation on how the 50 million naira donation ended up in the account of one of those who visited Governor Akpabio in June.
We learnt Akpabio gave all of them N500,000 each apart from the whopping 50M taken from Akwa Ibom state’ resources.
Here is a copy of the petition dated 19th of August, 2013:
“On June 15, 2013, news broke out that some Nollywood stakeholders under the auspices of a non-existent ‘Guild of Nollywood Stars’ visited Governor Akpabio in his office in Uyo for the purpose of collecting the N50 million pledge to Nollywood.
“The Governor presented to the visitors a prototype post-dated (25-06- 2013) Zenith bank cheque number 00063639 with Akwa Ibom State Government as the account name, issued in favour of Guild of Nollywood Stars. “We also gathered that the Governor, in his usual generosity, gave each of the visitors N500, 000 cash. “Expectedly, the massive publicity given to the entire episode by the press generated heated debates. In fact, it polarised the industry till today.
“Suspecting fraud, ANCOP immediately raised the red flag when it queried the use of a non-existent ‘Guild of Nollywood Stars’ to access the N50 million pledge, by those who visited Governor Akpabio.
“We are demanding that you immediately commence a full-blown investigation into the alleged fraudent act over the N50 million Governor Akpabio gave to Nollywood to carry out a specific task but now domiciled in the account of one of the the over 30 associations and guilds in Nollywood…Sir, anything short of this is an invitation to anarchy in Nollywood.”
No wonder they were all smiling gracefully for the camera.
N500,000 each is not a small money o.
In a state where 80% of their graduates are unemployed.