Rivers State Government has accused former Governor Rotimi Amaechi of being mischievous with his claim that the probe of his administration by Governor Nyesom Wike was a witchhunt.
The state Commissioner for Housing, Mr Emma Okah, in a statement, yesterday, said that Amaechi should be bold enough to explain to Rivers people how the money his administration received was expended.
Reacting, however, former Commissioner for Information in the state, Mrs Ibim Semenitari, said she would not respond to comments, but issues.
Okah said: “There is nothing wrong or immoral for an administration that received and managed on behalf of the people of Rivers State to explain some of its actions suspected to be fraudulent. The people have the right to know.
“The Wike administration is merely protecting the people’s interest by inquiring into how public resources were wasted or misappropriated by the past administration and every lover of democracy and rule of law should not complain, blackmail the state government or divert attention from that.
“The simple thing Amaechi needs to do, if invited by any commission of enquiry, is to state his side of the story and tender documents to buttress his case. There is nothing to fear if his hands are clean.
“Is it proper for Amaechi to sell off 70 percent of Rivers State Government interests in the state’s four power stations (Eleme, Omoku, Afam and Trans Amadi, Port Harcourt) at the cost of $302.400 milliion and the entire money was withdrawn between December 2014 and April 2015 without any document of transaction or payment into any government account. Who owns the Bureau de Change company that received the money and who authorised the receipt and where is the money?”