Wike Orders Prosecution of Amaechi, Cole Over Alleged Sale Of Asset

Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has directed the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Zaccheaus Adangor, to begin criminal proceedings against his predecessor and former Transport Minister, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, for allegedly defrauding the state of $50 million through the sale of state assets.

Tonye Cole, a Rivers All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, and his company Sahara Energy were listed by the Governor as individuals to be prosecuted.

The Governor stated that the people of Rivers and the rest of the world needed to know what happened to the $50 million that mysteriously vanished from the state’s account with no documentation of business where it was spent.

Wike said: “Attorney General, you’re at a critical period where people want to know what the State is going to do with the Judiciary Panel of Inquiry after the Supreme Court judgement on it.

“Luckily, you came at the right time when we have preferred criminal charges against the former governor (Amaechi), Sahara Energy, Tonye Cole and the rest of them.

“So, you are coming at the right time to take over the matter and to make sure it is prosecuted diligently. I don’t want to hear excuses. Let the people see what happened to our money.

“The world will see how $50 million from our account was moved to a company without nothing to show whether there was a business.”

Wike further directed Adangor to send a protest letter to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) following the harassment of Rivers Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Siminalaye Fubara.

Wike gave the directives on Friday at the Executive Chamber of Government House, Port Harcourt, during the inauguration of three new commissioners.

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