Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has yet in another interview stated that former governor of the state and Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, misappropriated the state’s funds, belonging to Rivers State.

He accused the Federal Government of shielding Amaechi from prosecution because the former governor financed the 2015 general elections for the All Progressives Congress (APC). The governor also stated that the failure of the former governor to fund the operation of security agencies for over six months, during his second term, contributed to the degeneration of security in the state. 

Governor Wike pointed out that Amaechi’s closure of courts for two years negatively affected security in the state, as security agencies were overwhelmed by the challenges of managing suspects, while Rivers people were denied avenues to ventilate their grievances. 
 
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.”
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