Just In: Supreme Court Dismisses Rotimi Amaechi’s Appeal Against Rivers Govt Probe

By Damilare Adeleye

The apex court has dismissed the appeal by former Minister of Transportation and presidential aspirant of All Progressives Congress, Rotimi Amaechi, against the decision by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike to set up a seven-man panel to probe his eight year tenure as Governor of the state.

The Supreme Court which delivered the verdict on Friday, held that Amaechi’s appeal lacked merit, and awarded N1million to Rivers State government against him.

As it were, the Rivers State panel was to probe some transactions estimated at about N96billion spent during the administration of Rotimi Amaechi as Governor.

The State government claimed Amaechi’s administration fraudulently sold some assets belonging to the State.

Meanwhile, Amaechi challenged the constitution of the panel at the High Court, insisting that the planned probe was intended to tarnish his reputation.

His suit at the High Court of Rivers State was dismissed, he also lost at the Court of Appeal which led him to approach the Supreme Court.