Hon minister of transport, Hon Rotimi Amaechi owns the flat where the $43m was found. Gov Wike of River state tells Nigeria. The $43m belongs to Rotimi Amaechi, he also owns the flat too. NIA story is fake news, NIA does not keep cash in minister flats. The federal government is so embarrassed that this had happen. FG should return the money to River state government within seven days or face legal action. wike River state government need the money to complete several projects. Wike We have facts to prove that the said money belongs to the river state government, FG must return our money.
The statement as released by the Rivers State gov read as follows;
''Rivers State Governor has given the Federal Government an ultimatum of 7 days to return the $43 million dollars found in a luxury apartment in Ikoyi to the Rivers State Government, failure which the State Government will take legal measures to ensure that it gets back her stolen resources
Governor Wike also declared that the $43million dollars found in the luxury apartment in Ikoyi belong to the Rivers State Government. Governor Wike said that investigations by the Rivers State Government revealed that the money was proceed from the sale of gas turbines by the immediate past Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.
Addressing journalists at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday night, 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 $319million. "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".
He said, "We have facts to prove that the said money belongs to the Rivers State Government. The Federal Government must return our money". Governor Wike said all the stories being peddled about the money belonging to the National Intelligence Agency are 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". Governor Wike challenged the Federal Government to set up a panel of Inquiry, which will sit publicly to investigate the money if it doubted the claim of the Rivers State Government.
He stated that the Rivers State Government needs the money to complete an array of projects, insisting that on no account would this criminal activity be swept under the carpet.
The governor said as long as the Federal Government continues to disturb the progress of Rivers State, so long will God throw the Federal Government into confusion.
"We are giving them seven days to return our money. Otherwise, we would take legal action to recover our money. $43million will help us complete several projects. We need that money for projects", he said.
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media.
14th April 2017