The story surrounding that EFCC discovered billions in an Ikoyi house (read here) has taken a dramatic turn as the Rivers State government and the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) have both claimed ownership of the money.
Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike was quoted to have said that the EFCC discovered billions found in an Ikoyi apartment in Lagos belongs to his state.
This came after former PDP Acting Chairman Uche Secondus alleged that the money belongs to the Rivers State government.
“About $43 million (and other cash) was found in a house in Ikoyi. And I believe that the monies belong to Rivers State. We want (Ibrahim) Magu and EFCC to announce the owner of that money and if possible return the money to Rivers State”
Wike said that the money was gotten from the sale of gas turbines by Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi, who was the immediate past governor of the state.
Wike was quoted to have said that the state is giving the federal government 7 days ultimatum to return the money.
“If you recollect in 2015, we said that gas turbines built by Former Governor Peter Odili were sold to Sahara Energy, business partners of Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi at $319million”.
Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi
Ayodele Oke. DG National Intelligence Agency
Acting EFCC Chairman Ibrahin Magu.
Sahara Reporters, in a report published Friday night said that the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayodele Oke has claimed that the funds belonged to his agency.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in response to the controversy has dared Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike over his threat to sue the Federal Government on the $43 million recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a residential apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos.
APC said Wike, his Ekiti State counterpart, Ayodele Fayose and former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, who linked the $43 million to the Minister of Transportation and immediate past governor of Rivers, Chibuike Amaechi, were being mischievous. (source: bellanaija.com)