By; PRECIOUS IBINABO DAVIDS, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has described as unfortunate the desperation of the Federal Government to cover corruption simply because her principal financial sponsor is involved.
According to a statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, he expressed this while briefing Rivers Christian Leaders on the development at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Saturday, Governor Wike stated that the Rivers State Government is not interested in the prosecution of the immediate past Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, but simply seeking the return of funds belonging to the state.
He said that the should the Federal Government return the stolen resources domiciled by the Former Governor at his Ikoyi residence , the said funds would be deployed for the completion of Amaechi’s abandoned ll pet project, the monorail.
Governor Wike said that the promotion of insults and needless propaganda will not detract the Rivers State Government from recovering her stolen resources, declaring that the state is ready for a lengthy battle with the Federal Government over the Ikoyi Billions.
“The Federal Government wants us to believe that a security agency will keep a whopping N 16billion in a private residence in cash. They think that Nigerians don’t have brains.
“When millions of dollars were found in Kaduna, the EFCC was quick to announce the owner of that money. Now they don’t know the whistle blower in the case of the Ikoyi Billions and they are afraid to disclose the owner of the money.
“I am not interested in the prosecution of our son, the former governor, Rotimi Amaechi. We are just interested in the return of Rivers money . God has caught them”.
He warned: “If the Federal Government does not leave Rivers State alone, it will never be well with them”.
The governor said that unless the Federal Government returns this illicit fund stolen from Rivers State, the APC administration will not know peace.
He urged Christian clerics in Rivers State to continue to pray for the administration to have sleepless nights until they effect the refund.
Governor Wike informed that the legal team of the State has been briefed and they are ready to commence action.
“They are covering corruption because a key player of the administration is involved. This is not a rumour. They know that the money belongs to Amaechi “, he said.
The governor took out time to explain to the Rivers Christian Leaders on how the Former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi diverted proceeds from the sale of gas turbines valued at $309million . He informed the clerics that investigations by the Rivers State Government revealed that the $43million dollars found in a luxury apartment in Ikoyi was part of the fund.
Responding, Monsignor Pius Kii of the Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA), Port Harcourt commended the governor for always showing respect to clerics by explaining position of things to them.
The meeting was attended by Leaders of Christian Association of Nigeria, Rivers State, Archbishop Ignatius Kattey of the Anglican Province of Niger Delta, Methodist Archbishop of Port Harcourt, Rt Reverend Sunday Agwu and the leaders of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria.