Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has given the federal government an ultimatum of seven days to return the $43 million found in a luxury apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos. The governor warns that failure to return the money to the state will force his government to take legal measures to ensure that it gets it.
Governor Wike declared that the $43 million found in the apartment belongs to the Rivers state government claiming that investigations by the government revealed that the money was the proceed from the sale of gas turbines by the immediate past Governor Rotimi Amaechi.
Addressing journalists at the Government House, Port Harcourt in the night of Friday, April 14, Governor Wike said: “The money in question belongs to the former Rivers state Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. We want to confirm that the houses in Ikoyi also belong to Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. “If you recollect in 2015, we said that gas turbines built by former Governor Peter Odili were sold to Sahara Energy, business partners of Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi at $319 million.
Wike said the Rivers state government needs the money to complete an array of projects, insisting that on no account would this criminal activity be swept under the carpet. He also said as long as the federal government continues todisturb the progress of Rivers state, so long would God throw the government at the centre into confusion.”We are giving them seven days to return our money. Otherwise, we would take legal action to recover our money. $43 million will help us complete several projects. We need that money for projects,” he said.