Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has once again alleged that former governor of the state and Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, misappropriated the state’s funds. He said Amaechi used part of the $309 million proceeds of the Rivers State Gas Turbine to fund the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Speaking during a television programme monitored on Channels TV in Ibadan, Wike said Amaechi cannot account for billions of naira belonging to the state. He accused the Federal Government of shielding Amaechi from prosecution because the former governor financed the 2015 general elections for the APC.
He said: “No despotic leader in the world had ever shut down courts. Amaechi entered the Guinness book of records for this notorious act of denying people access to justice. “Amaechi used part of the $309 million proceeds of the Rivers State Gas Turbine sale to fund the APC, which is why the party rallies around him to shield him from prosecution in spite of his several indictments.”
On his claim that the money recovered from Ikoyi apartment belonged to Rivers, he said: “The presidential panel has not invited us to substantiate our ownership of the Ikoyi billions and hasn’t released the report as well. So, we are waiting for that before taking our next steps.
“Let the panel release the report of their findings on the money. We have claimed ownership of the money and it is only right for us to be given a fair hearing. “We have facts to prove that the money belongs to the River State Government. No judgment can be final.”