Legal Nigeria

Supreme Court Dismisses Amaechi’s Case Seeking To Stop Probe On Alleged N96bn Fraud

The Presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Governor of Rivers State, Mr Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi on Friday lost in his legal efforts to stop his probe in alleged N96 billion fraud and alleged fraudulent sales of assets belonging to the Rivers State.

A five-member panel of Justices of the Supreme Court, in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Adamu Jauro on Friday ordered Amaechi to go and face the Commission of Inquiry set up by the Rivers State Government to investigate his eight-year tenure as governor of the state.

The apex court dismissed Amaechi’s appeal where-in he had asked for order of the court to stop his successor, Governor Nyesom Wike from investigating the business of the state for the eight years he held sway as the executive governor of Rivers State.

Justice Jauro held that the issue of denial of fair hearing, as alleged by Amaechi does not arise as the probe panel will provide him with the opportunity to give explanations regarding Rivers government’s transactions when he was governor of the state.

The apex court held in the judgement that Amaechi’s suit lacked merit and was subsequently dismissed.

The Supreme Court affirmed the judgments of the High Court of Rivers State and that of the  Court of Appeal which had earlier dismissed same suit for want of substance and merit and slammed N1 million fine against Amaechi.

Credit: The Nigerian Tribune.