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Group Raises Petition against Amaechi's Ministerial Nomination

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ERIC DAMINABO OGOLO REPORTING FROM ABUJA

An anti-corruption group, Integrity Group, has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari and the Senate to protest the nomination of
the former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi as a ministerial nominee, over allegations of fraudulent practices during his tenure as Governor.
The group urged Amaechi to first clear his name over allegations of fraud concerning the sale of state power plants and conversion of proceeds of $302million, unlawful payment of over N4 billion to Clinoriv Specialist Hospital and unlawful enrichment of firm, Messrs Collect Nigeria Ltd with public funds amounting to over N1.5billion.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja Tuesday, the Publicity Director of Integrity Group, Mr. Livingstone Wechie, further alleged that Amaechi is currently being investigated by anti-corruption agencies for unlawful enrichment and conversion of over N70billion state resources.

He added that the former Governor has resisted efforts to get him to explain the circumstances regarding the monies to the people of Rivers, as he failed to appear before the recent Justice Omereji-led Judicial Commission of Enquiry set up by the state government.

It will also interest you to know that Amaechi has earlier last month briefed the media on the allegation against him. He  also refused to join issues with the so called (integrity group) adding that these allegations are mere witch hunt aimed at spoiling his image.