Amaechi reacts to the Supreme Court ruling, says he is not on trial

A former transportation minister, Rotimi Amaechi, says he is not on trial for corruption allegations against him by the Rivers state government. Mr. Amaechi’s position comes on the heels of Friday’s Supreme Court ruling that dismissed the former minister’s appeal against the Rivers state government. The Rivers government under Governor Nyesom Wike had established a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate some transactions during Amaechi’s tenure as Governor of Rivers. On Friday, a five-member panel of the Supreme Court headed by Olukayode Ariwoola, while dismissing Mr. Amaechi’s appeal marked SC/911/2017, held that the commission of inquiry’s mandate was not to investigate the appellant (Mr. Amaechi) in person. . “The essence of this decision is that the investigative commission had to investigate some transactions, therefore, no one was tried, therefore, the issue of the denial of a fair hearing does not arise”, Adamu Jauro, who read the judgment, said. Mr. Jauro, a Supreme Court judge, awarded a cost of N1 million against Mr. Amaechi. But Amaechi, while reacting to the ruling, said the high court’s ruling further vindicated his position that the commission’s investigation should not be seen as personal to him because he was not on trial. In a statement from Mr. Amaechi’s media office on Friday, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential hopeful said: “Nigeria’s high court ruled today on the appeal filed by Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi against the Government of the State of Rivers in the Judicial Commission of Investigation of Judge Omereji”. “However, in dismissing the appeal, the Supreme Court declared that the function of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry was merely investigative, that no one, neither Amaechi nor anyone else, was being tried before the panel,” the statement clarifies. “The Supreme Court ruling clearly vindicates the former Governor of Rivers State. The high court was adamant and clear that (Mr.) Amaechi was not on trial. “The implication of this is that any accusation by the Commission is null and void and cannot stand. ALSO READ: Supreme Court orders Amaechi to stand trial for alleged N96bn fraud “With this trial, Amaechi has been vindicated and cleared of all alleged or alleged charges by Governor Wike’s Commission,” the statement added. Background In 2015, shortly after becoming governor, Wike launched a judicial panel to investigate the administration of his predecessor, Amaechi. Amaechi refused to appear before the panel and challenged its existence in a higher court. In his August 15 ruling, Judge Simeon Amadi ruled that the judicial commission of inquiry was not established to investigate the former governor’s personal activities, but rather to investigate past government actions affecting the people of Rivers. Condition. Mr. Amaechi challenged the judgment of the Rivers Superior Court. Similarly, the Court of Appeal held that the investigative panel was not created to investigate Mr. Amaechi’s personal activities while he was Governor. This newspaper reported that Mr. Wike, a former member of the Amaechi administration who later fell out with his boss, accused Mr. Amaechi and other officials of that government of stealing property belonging to the government. He swore to get them back. Amaechi denied the accusation and said that the governor’s mission is to tarnish his image. SEE: Governor Yahaya Bello’s roadmap to Hope 2023 Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Amaechi reacts to the Supreme Court ruling, says he is not on trial