Rivers files criminal charges against Amaechi, Tonye Cole

Nyesom Wike

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike on Friday said the state has filed criminal charges against his predecessor Rotimi Amaechi over alleged fraudulent sale of state assets and diversion of $50 million.

This is coming after the Supreme Court last month dismissed an application by Amaechi challenging a commission of inquiry which Wike set up to look into the alleged sale of assets such as Omoku Gas Turbine, Afam Gas Turbine, Trans Amadi Gas Turbine, Eleme Gas Turbine, Olympia Hotel and the award of contract for the execution of Mono Rail Project.

At the Government House in Port Harcourt on Friday during the inauguration of three new commissioners, Wike directed the new attorney-general and commissioner for justice, Prof. Zaccheaus Adangor, to commence immediate prosecution of Amaechi.

Others to be included in the prosecution is the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers, Tonye Cole, and his company Sahara Energy.

“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 said.

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