- Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state said high profile assassinations commenced under Rotimi Amaechi and extended to his own government
- Wike also accused Amaechi of heavily sponsoring the electoral victory of the All Progressives Congress in 2015
Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers state continues to believe that his predecessor and current transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi, is guilty of corruption and other infractions.
This is in spite of Amaechi’s continued defence and explanations that he detests corruption.
Wike, who served as education minister under former President Goodluck Jonathan, has berated Amaechi for superintending over a vicious insecure system that led to the assassination of prominent Rivers indigenes.
The governor also declared that the federal government was shielding Amaechi from prosecution because the former governor financed the 2015 general elections for the ruling All Progressives Congress.
According to Wike, the failure of Amaechi to fund the operation of security agencies for over six months during his second term contributed to the degeneration of security in the state.
A statement from the office of the governor, said Wike spoke at a special appearance on Channels Television Sunrise Programme, pointing out that Amaechi’s closure of courts for two years negatively affected security in Rivers state as security agencies were overwhelmed by the challenges of managing suspects.
During this period, he said, the Rivers people were denied avenues to ventilate their grievances.
“It was under Amaechi that I was almost assassinated when I was his Chief of Staff.
“Under him, Ignatius Ajuru was assassinated, Charles Nsiegbe was assassinated, yet he says the state is not as secured as it was during his term.
“The courts were shut down for two years. 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.
“Justices came to say that Amaechi came to procure judgment. If it is a federal government that is sincere, they will not want to do anything with Amaechi.
“In APC, once they lose a case, they berate the judiciary. It is only when they win that they praisethe judiciary.
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“Amaechi used part of the $309m 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.
“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,” Wike said according to the statement obtained by NAIJ.com.
NAIJ.com had on Tuesday, June 20 reported that Nigeria’s transportation minister, Rotimi Amaechi threatened to expose the wife of Nyesom Wike.
A visibly angry Amaechi spoke on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 saying if Wike “does not shut up his mouth”, he would expose Eberechi Wike.
Watch this video as Amaechi speaks on the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari: