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Court okays probe of Amaechi’s govt

A Rivers State High Court, sitting in Port Harcourt, yesterday dismissed the suit filed by former Governor Rotimi Amaechi challenging the setting up of a Judicial Commission of Enquiry to probe his administration.
Governor Nyesom Wike constituted the Justice George Omereji-led commission to probe the alleged sale of the state’s assets by the Amaechi administration.
Justice Simeon Amadi, who delivered the verdict yesterday, said the commission of enquiry was not meant to probe Amaechi’s personal activities but to examine the actions of the former administration as they affected the residents.
Wike, according to the judge, was empowered to establish the judicial commission of enquiry to probe the actions of the former government.

Justice Amadi said no law prevented a state government from finding out how its resources were utilised.
On Amaechi’s position that the 30 days for the sitting of the commission would deny him fair hearing, Justice Amadi said the period for the commission’s sitting did not breach Amaechi’s right to fair hearing.
The judge noted that since the former governor had not filed a memorandum before the commission and had not appeared before it, he could not complain of not getting a fair hearing.
He said the 30 days for the commission of enquiry was not sacrosanct, adding that the period could be extended.
Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Emmanuel Aguma, noted that with the court ruling, the commission of enquiry could begin its sitting.
He promised that it would be fair to all the parties.
Amaechi said last night he would appeal the court’s verdict.
Through his lawyer, Winifred Enyinnaya, the former governor said he would appeal the planned probe.


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