The Rivers state commissioner for housing, Emma Okah , has
dismissed the insinuation by former governor, Rotimi Amaechi, that
Governor Nyesom Wike’s probe into his administration is as an
attempt to witch hunt and ridicule his person.
Amaechi had few days ago reacted to the a judicial commission of
inquiry set up by Wike to probe his tenure as governor. He described the
move as a fraudulent witch hunt of his administration.
The commissioner said that there is nothing fraudulent or wrong to ask
an administration that received and managed N3trillion on behalf of the
Rivers state people to explain some of its actions that are suspected to be
“The people have the right to know. The Nyesom Wike administration
is merely protecting the people’s interest by inquiring into how public
resources were wasted, stolen or misappropriated by the past
administration and every lover of democracy and rule of law should not
complain, blackmail the state government or divert attention from
that,” he queried.
Okah maintained that Amaechi should not be afraid of anything if he
knows that his hands are clean saying that all he has to do is to come
when invited by the commission of inquiry to explain his side of the
story and present documents to backup his claims.He stated Wike’s
government would not turn blind eyes to grave allegations of
misappropriation of fund against Amaechi’s government.
“Is it proper for Amaechi to sell off 70 per cent of the Rivers State
Government’s interests in the state’s four power stations (Eleme,
Omoku, Afam and Trans Amadi, Port Harcourt) at the cost of
$302,400m and the entire money was withdrawn between December
2014 and April 2015 without any document of transaction or payment
into any government account.
“Who owns the Bureau de Change Company that received the money
and who authorised the receipt and where is the money?
“Is it a witch-hunt for Amaechi to pay out $39m to his cronies for the
purpose of building the Karibi Whyte Mega Hospital and till today, not
a single block is standing?” he asked.
It will be recalled that Governor Wike had vowed to carry out a forensic
audit of all government accounts once he was sworn-in as governor.