Amaechi’s Govt Shared N53bn Among Individuals – Omereji Panel  

By Emmanuel Obe


Wike and Amaechi

Wike and Amaechi

The Justice George Omereji Judicial Commission of Inquiry on the Sale of Valued Assets by the immediate past administration of Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi in Rivers State submitted its report on Tuesday to Governor Nyesom Wike.   In a brief remark at the ceremony held at Government House, Port Harcourt, Omereji said the commission received 27 memoranda and 142 exhibits. He added that 25 witnesses testified.   He later on told reporters that between 2014 and May 2015 N53 billion of government funds not spent on any project was shared out to individuals, wo he said he was not going to reveal in the interview.   “The money went to individuals. From the papers submitted to us, we also found out that the money was given to people they like. “We went to the site of the Justice Karibi Whyte Hospital, we did not see anything at all. When I told the project contractor to come with us (panel) to the place, he said snake would bite us.   “The whole billions of naira given to the man cannot be accounted for. We have recommended that those found culpable should refund the money. We even recommended that some people should be prosecuted,” he said   “We don’t want to talk about the content of report, but we want to say that if you go through the report, Rivers people, as we promised them will be better for it because we have seen; we have also written and we have arrived at the conclusion here. “We hope that the government should act fast and by the time the government looks into this report and act fast, it will be able to recover billions that are still stashed in where they kept them.   “That money belongs to Rivers people and I hope that the government should act fast and recover those monies so that we can use it for the people of Rivers State.” Responding, Governor Wike thanked members of the commission for their courage and steadfastness.   “You have taken the bull by the horns to make sure that you serve your fatherland. I know what your members have faced; I know about the threats.   “What is important in life is that once you arrive at the fact that your conscience is clear, you don’t need to worry. Go ahead and do what you think is the right thing to be done,” Wike said.   Promising to immediately act on the report, he said, “We will not be intimidated by anybody or group of persons. Many things have been done to discredit the commission. But to me, it is when your hands are not clean, you begin to use the media to discredit people’s work.”

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