I Must Probe Amaechi - Wike


The saga between the Rivers State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike and his predecessor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, worsened on Tuesday with each of them trading blame. The Governor, who spoke in an interview with journalists in Abuja, said that Amaechi was going to the media to divert attention from the probe panel he set up.

He said in another interview with State House correspondents shortly after a meeting President Muhammadu Buhari had with state governors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, he said Amaechi needed not to entertain any fear over the probe panel if he had not looted the people's fund

Amaechi, who spoke through his former Commissioner for Information, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, accused the Governor of stopping the Federal Government from refunding N108bn it owed the state.Justifying the probe panel he set up, Wike said, “The essence of the judicial commission does not have to do with a witch-hunt of anyone, but to understand things we could not have understood.If he had worked with the transition committee we set up, the committee would have asked one or two questions. No transition committee was set up by the government - Amaechi’s administration.

Wike insisted a Lexus Jeep [bulletproof] seized from Semenitari belonged to the state government.He alleged that the commissioner initially said the car was given to her, by her husband and later claimed that it was a parting gift from government. According to Wike, there are no documents to back both claims by the former commissioner. He recall that Amaechi, during his administration, set up many probe panels, adding that nobody said such panels were aimed at witch-hunting those opposed to him.

The Governor faulted a claim that the Amaechi administration gave him a handover note.