Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has claimed while addressing journalists recently at the Government House, Port Harcourt that the amount of $43million uncovered by the EFCC in a luxury apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos belonged to the Rivers State Government and has therefore given a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to return the money or face legal action.
The controversial fund, according to him, was proceed from the sale of gas turbines by the immediate past Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.
“We want to confirm categorically that both the funds and the houses in question belong to the former Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi”.
“In 2015, we revealed that gas turbines built by former Governor Peter Odili were sold to Sahara Energy, business partners of Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi at $319 million. Between the date of sale of the turbines and 29th May, 2015, the money had depleted to $204million as the difference was used by Amaechi to sponsor the APC for the 2015 general elections and part of the leftover was what was stashed in the Ikoyi apartment.”, he added.
“We have facts to prove that the said money belongs to the Rivers State Government. The Federal Government must return our money”.
“All the stories being peddled about the money belonging to the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) are false and mere face saving measures by the embattled APC Federal Government. As I speak to you, the Federal Government is so embarrassed that this has happened and we challenge its leadership to set up a panel of enquiry on the ownership of the fund if it was not convinced it belonged to the Rivers State Government”, he said.