The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal filed by now former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi seeking to stop his probe over an alleged N96 billion fraud by the River State government led by Governor Nyesome Wike.
Amaechi, a former governor of the state, and presidential aspirant on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), lost the legal battle seeking to stop a probe into an alleged a fraudulent sale of assets belonging to Rivers State.
He had approached the Supreme Court to halt the probe instituted against him by the state government, but in a ruling on Friday, the apex court ordered Amaechi to face the Commission of Inquiry set up by the state government to investigate his eight-year tenure as governor.
The Court also dismissed Amaechi’s appeal asking for an order of the court to prohibit his successor, Nyesom Wike, from investigating his two-term tenure.
The Commission of Inquiry inaugurated by Wike was given the mandate to look into the lawful or otherwise of the alleged sale of valuable assets of the state.
The listed assets, according to the government, included the Omoku Gas Turbine, Afam Gas Turbine, Trans Amadi Gas Turbine, Eleme Gas Turbine, Olympia Hotel and the award of contract for the execution of Mono Rail Project.
While delivering judgement, Justice Adamu Jauro, held that Amaechi’s suit lacked merit and ought to be dismissed, and was subsequently dismissed.
The Supreme Court also affirmed the judgments of the High Court of Rivers State and that of the Court of Appeal which had earlier dismissed the suit for want of substance and merit.
The apex court fined Amaechi the sum of N1 million, to be paid to Wike.
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
INVESTIGATION: How roadside foods endanger consumers’ life with trans fat in northern Nigeria
With an estimated 854,000 deaths in Nigeria, and 3,229 attributed to trans fatty acids (TFA) -related cardiovascular deaths, ADESOLA IKULAJOLU visited Nigeria’s...
INVESTIGATION: Untold story of Ondo oil producing communities battling poor health system
Access to quality healthcare is one of the nightmares of communities in Ilaje local government area of Ondo State. Despite...
FEATURE: Ogun residents, waste collectors trade blames, as refuse litter environment
TIJANI ABDULKABEER, a journalist from the University of Ibadan, during a recent trip to Sango Otta, Ogun State took a look...
INVESTIGATION: How online fraudsters siphon victims’ funds through ‘SportyBet’ platform
As Nigeria transits into a cashless society, the evolution also creates opportunities for internet scammers to take advantage of unsuspecting...
SPECIAL REPORT: Enugu govt watches as waste takes over state, threatens public health, environment
In this report, Arinze Chijioke looks at how delays in evacuation of waste in Enugu State encourages indiscriminate waste disposal, its health implications, and how...