Why Federal Government is Shielding Amaechi from Prosecution by Governor Wike

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has berated Former Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for superintending over a vicious insecure

system that led to the assassination  of prominent  Rivers indigenes.

Governor Wike further declared that the Federal Government  is shielding Amaechi from prosecution because the  former governor  financed  the 2015 general elections for the 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. 

Speaking on Tuesday  during a special  appearance on Channels Television Sunrise Programme, Governor Wike pointed out that the Minister of Transportation 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: "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 2 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. 

The governor stated that: "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 praise the judiciary ".

The governor added: "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."

On Rivers State Golden Jubilee, he said the celebration was a huge success.

He said: "After the successful completion of the Rivers Golden Jubilee, We look forward to attracting an investment of $300m into the State in the next 3 years.

"We used the Rivers Golden Jubilee to showcase the State as a tourist Haven and conducive for business. We also honoured foreigners who believed in us and invested in the State."

The governor said that the extant law which stipulated that all former governors were entitled to the state award was the reason why Amaechi was nominated. 

"The Rivers State Honours Law was created by the Odili Government and every former Governor was expected to receive an award. It was the basis for considering Amaechi for such irrespective of public outcry. But the recipient rejected it as a poisoned chalice taking away the moral burden on the State. The law is now being amended to ensure its merit is emphasised", he said.

Governor Wike emphasised his call for true federalism where federating units will have control of their resources. 

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