—Alleges Amaechi stashed away the money from Gas turbines sale
Governor Nyesom Wike has claimed that Rivers State is the owner of the $43 million and other currencies discovered in Ikoyi house, Lagos, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Consequently, he has given President Mohammadu Buhari seven days’ ultimatum to return the said money to the Rivers state government to enable it utilise it for the completion of on going projects or face legal action.
Governor Wike who spoke to journalists at the Rivers Government House, explained that the monies were part of proceeds of the sold gas turbines by the immediate past Rivers state governor, Rotimi Amaechi. The gas turbines were built by Chief Peter Odili, a former governor of Rivers state.
As Wike claims that the money was stolen and stashed away by Amaechi, but Amaechi who is the current minister of Transport had denied he owns the money.
Governor Wike said: “The money in question belongs to the former Rivers state Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. We want to confirm that the houses in Ikoyi also belong to Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
“If you recollect in 2015, we said that gas turbines built by former Governor Peter Odili were sold to Sahara Energy, business partners of Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi at $319 million.
“That money was used to sponsor the All Progressives Congress for the 2015 general elections. From the date of sale of the gas turbines to May 29, 2015, the money depleted from $319 million to $204,000 .
“What was stashed at the Ikoyi residence was part of that fund.”
A statement by Simeon Nwakaudu, the special assistant to the governor on electronic media, had quoted the governor as saying further: “We have facts to prove that the said money belongs to the Rivers state government.
“The federal government must return our money”, Governor Wike stressed, adding that all the stories being peddled about the money belonging to the National Intelligence Agency were false and mere face saving measures by the embattled APC federal government.
He said: “As I speak to you, the federal government is so embarrassed that this has happened. All the stories that the money belongs to the NIA are fake.
“We are giving them seven days to return our money. Otherwise, we would take legal action to recover our money. $43 million will help us complete several projects. We need that money for projects”.