Former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi
Investigation by an accountability organisation, the Integrity Group based in Port Harcourt have alleged that former Rivers State governor Rotimi Amaechi looted around N70 billion of the state’s funds and subsequently stashed it in foreign accounts.
The Paradigm learnt that the allegation was made public today when Senators from Amaechi’s state rose to submit the petition in the senate. The Former Rivers State governor was the Director General, Buhari Campaign Organisation, and one of the 21 ministerial nominees unveiled on Tuesday by Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
Three Senators from Rivers State – George Thompson Sekibo (Rivers East), Olaka Nwogu (Rivers South-East) and Osinakachukwu Ideazu (Rivers West) submitted a 88 page petition to the Senate against the nomination and confirmation of Amaechi as minister.
The petition titled: “Petition against ministerial nominee- Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi: Demand to withdraw and reject his nomination and appointment on the ground of corruption, criminal breach of trust, unlawful enrichment and conversion of over N70 billion Rivers peoples’ monies by the former governor of Rivers State,” Sekibo said it was endorsed by one Livingstone Wechie on behalf of the Integrity group.
The petition submitted to the Senate by Sekibo on behalf of two other Senators.
Sekibo said, “There is this group that is called ‘The Integrity Group.’ They believe in transparency, fighting against corruption, they believe in good governance and effective utilisation of every fund that is allocated to any state government.
“They are based in Port Harcourt. They went into a research and discovered that over N70billion were transferred from hard currency account to places outside the country.
“A petition on this note was written to Mr. President. I believe the President has not read it. If he has read it, he may not have hurriedly nominated Rotimi Amaechi to be a minister.
“Amaechi is qualified to be a minister but when issues of corruption and fraud are openly x-rayed by people, it is necessary for Mr. President to take a critical look and examine the allegations from these people whether they are true or not.”
Source: The Paradigm