BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – An anti-corruption organisation, ‘The Integrity Friends For Truth and Peace Initiative’, also known as ‘The Integrity Group’, has levelled damning allegations against Governor Nyesom Wike, accusing him of having used forged and politically fabricated documents to indict his predecessor in office and current Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi.
Executive Director of the anti-corruption group, based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Livingstone Wechie said that unfortunately, his organisation had mistakenly relied on the phony documents to write petitions against Amaechi only to discover later that they were forged.
These were contained in a statement issued by Wechie with explanations that it is part of the reasons the Governor Wike-led administration in Rivers State has not been able to prosecute Amaechi.
Wechie further said that having mischievously achieved his aim of diminishing Amaechi’s towering profile, the Rivers State governor, two years after, is unable to commence prosecutorial actions as of right against the former governor owing to the fact that the forged documents will be duly challenged.
Accordingly, the group appealed to members of the public and relevant institutions to disregard all documents tendered by it indicting Amaechi, particularly the so-called “Omereji Report” and the White paper by the Rivers State government, stressing that all documents tendered were politically fabricated and forged Governor Wike just to achieve an ‘unrighteous end’.
The Integrity Group had petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in a letter dated July 29, 2015 titled: CORRUPTION, CRIMINAL BREACH OF TRUST, UNLAWFUL ENRICHMENT, AND CONVERSION OF OVER 70 BILLION NAIRA STATE RESOURCES BY FORMER GOVERNOR ROTIMI AMAECHI AND OTHER FUNCTIONARIES’’, demanding the investigation and prosecution of Rotimi Amaechi over what it had believed to be “conversion of Rivers monies/proceeds of the purported sales of State Assets, including Power Plants, a certain Karibi Whyte Hospital and diversion of some monies from the Rivers State Internal Revenue Service etc”.
Wechie said that although all matters touching on the allegations levelled against Amaechi were part of our good governance and transparency projects done in good faith in line with our principles, unfortunately the Governor Wike-led administration manipulated the process and mischievously furnished them with politically fabricated and forged documents which his group sincerely and honestly worked with in good faith, wrongly believing same to be genuine.