Amaechi: Supreme Court dismisses Minister’s appeal against ‘N96bn fraud probe’

Amaechi: Supreme Court dismisses Minister’s appeal against ‘N96bn fraud probe’

The Supreme Court on Friday, May 27, dismissed an appeal by Rotimi Amaechi, former minister of transportation, seeking to stop his probe in an alleged N96 billion fraud.

Justice Adamu Jauro who led the seven member panel of justices; while delivering judgment, dismissed the appeal for lacking in merit.

The apex court affirmed the judgments of the High Court of Rivers; and that of the Court of Appeal which had earlier dismissed same suit for want of substance and merit.

The court also asked the former minister to pay the respondents N1 million.

Amaechi had approached the Supreme Court praying for an order of the court to prohibit his successor, Gov. Nyesom Wike from investigating his 8-year tenure as executive governor of Rivers.

The former governor represented by Lateef Fagbemi said the probe was aimed at witch-hunting, embarrassing, humiliating; and disgracing him in view of his political differences with his successor.

The probe is for Amaechi to give account of how N96 billion was allegedly withdrawn from the treasury of the state government; and how it was spent during his tenure.

Wike had instituted a commission of inquiry to look into alleged sale of valuable assets of the state during Amaechi’s tenure.

The listed assets are 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.

Amaechi is a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Meanwhile, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has clinched the APC ticket to run for a second term in the 2023 governorship election in the state.

Sanwo-Olu, a sole aspirant at the primaries held on Thursday, May 26, at Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, was endorsed; via voting by delegates at the conference.

Announcing the result of the election; the Chairman of the APC Electoral Committee/Returning Officer, Alhaji Adamu Yuguda said Sanwo-Olu scored 1,170 votes to emerge the winner of the primaries.

He said 1,225 ad hoc delegates were expected at the special state congress to choose the party’s governorship candidate for the 2023 election; while 1, 198 delegates were accredited across the 20 Local Government Areas of the state.

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