Alleged N96bn Fraud: Court dismisses Amaechi’s appeal, orders him to pay Wike N1m

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal filed by Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi seeking to halt his investigation into an alleged N96 billion fraud.

The Supreme Court dismissed Mr Ameachi’s appeal in a lead judgement prepared by Justice Emmanuel Augie but read by Justice Adamu Jairo on the grounds that the issue of not being given a fair hearing does not arise because no one is on trial.

Rivers State has established a panel of inquiry into the alleged fraud.

Mr Amaechi had prayed the apex court to prohibit Governor Nyesom Wike from investigating his 8-year tenure as executive governor of the state.

The former governor predicated his opposition to probe on the ground that it was aimed at witch-hunting him, to embarrass him, humiliate him and to as well disgrace him in view of his political differences with his successor.

Governor Wike who constituted a 7-man through his counsel and insisted that the the Commission of Inquiry headed by Justice George Omekeji was to look into how N96B was allegedly withdrawn from the Treasury of the state government and how it was expended.

The court also ordered Mister Amaechi to pay the sum of One million Naira Governor Wike as cost.

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