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IKOYI $43MILLION: Rivers State Government's Claim Of Ownership Is Preposterous

A statement released by the Obio/Akpor chapter of the Rivers state Media team has described claim of the Rivers state government concerning the recovered Ikoyi $43million as startling, this was made available to newsmen by the Secretary of the group Priestley Nna in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Statement Reads:

The Obio-Akpor Media Team describes as farcical, startling and preposterous, the Rivers State government's claim of ownership of the $43Million recently discovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in a luxurious apartment in Ikoyi area of Lagos State.

Governor Wike on one of the TV outfits yesterday, made several assertions in which he claimed that the Ikoyi money belonged to the Rivers State Government. Wike hinted that the money was part of the proceeds from the sale of power plants belonging to Rivers State, by former Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and that the apartment in which the money was found in belonged to Amaechi.

We are not only disenchanted, but severely bored by the repetitive, uninspiring, unimaginative storyline being contrived by the State Government against the former Governor and Hon. Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, given the slightest opportunity. Severally, the Rivers State Government has made weighty allegations against the person of Chibuike Amaechi, however, it has continually failed to advance any evidence or proof to back such claims or take any legal actions as is appropriate.

We are worried about this wild-goose chase by the State Government who should concern itself only with the task of providing good governance which is conspicuously lacking in the State.

It is surprising that the Rivers State Government is so desirous of funds that it had to hurriedly lay claim to a money stilll under investigation. If Governor Wike had not conspired with former President Jonathan and dispossessed Rivers State of over 1,400 oil wells in Soku and neighbouring Communities, the State would not have been thrown into the present economic misfortune it is now unfortunately battling with.

We are further disturbed that despite the huge amounts running into billions of Dollars that has come into the State coffers including, the monthly federal allocations, IGR and the first and second tranches of the Paris Club Re-funds, since the Wike led administration came on board, the State is yet to witness  any meaningful infrastructural, Economic and Human Capital developments, whereas, States like Lagos and Cross River have registered milestone development in all sectors including Agriculture and Capacity building.

Amaechi, a successful politician with enviable reputation and qualities worthy of emulation, has paid his dues and done his bit in bringing tangible developments to Rivers State. It will amount to an effort in futility to continue to throw muds at his personality and person.

As good and responsible citizens of Rivers State, who have the progress and development of the State at heart, we call on the State Government to immediately retract from the fruitless venture of maligning and casting aspersions on Amaechi which it embarked on for almost two years now and channel its energy and resources towards developing the State. Rivers People are already fed up with these unending dramas and are in dire need of good governance.


Solomon Okocha,

Priestley Nna,