Olusola Fabiyi, Chukwudi Akasike, Olalekan Adetayo, Eniola Akinkuotu and Oladimeji Ramon
5 days after $ 43.4m, £27,000 and N23m (about N13bn) was once uncovered in a constructing in Ikoyi, Lagos, the controversy surrounding the huge cash had but to be resolved as of Sunday.
while the relevant businesses of government, who should unveil the identities of the owners of the seized money, have maintained an undignified silence, the blame sport on who stashed the money in the Ikoyi, Lagos apartment endured.
On Sunday, the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee towards Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), asked Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to current proof of ownership of the $ forty three.4m, £27,000 and N23m (about N13bn) uncovered in a house in Ikoyi, Lagos, by means of the economic and financial Crimes commission ultimate Wednesday.
also on Sunday, Wike sought divine intervention on the seized cash while the PDP insisted that the ruling All Progressives Congress used part of Rivers State cash to fund its electioneering in 2015.
After the seizure of the money with the aid of the EFCC on Wednesday last week, the commission had long past prior to a Federal excessive courtroom in Lagos the place it claimed that no person had come forward to claim the cash and bought an interim forfeiture order.
The court docket then ordered that the money can be permanently forfeited to the Federal executive if no person got here ahead within 30 days to indicate proof that he or she owned the money.
The national Intelligence company had also long past to President Muhammadu Buhari to say ownership of the cash and in addition reportedly existing documents as evidence that the funds were authorized through former President Goodluck Jonathan.
however, Wike, on Friday, claimed the cash belonged to the Rivers State executive however used to be stolen and stashed within the Ikoyi house by means of his predecessor and current Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.
The governor had earlier said the money was proceed from the sale of gasoline turbine belonging to Rivers State by using Amaechi.
Amaechi had dismissed Wike’s claim, describing it as reckless and unfounded, saying he (Amaechi) knew nothing in regards to the seized billions.
talking with one of our correspondents on Sunday, Sagay said Wike must current evidence that the cash belonged to the Rivers State executive or else he would now not be taken significantly.
He said, “The court has already given an order that the seizure must be marketed and any one, who has an passion or thinks he is the owner, will have to are available and file an affidavit and give an explanation for the basis upon which he’s claiming the money.
“So, if Rivers State is fascinated about what it is announcing, it has a fair opportunity to present its case. This should not be a matter of politics. that is one thing that has to be legally centered; not politics of attack.
“They (state officials) wish to file an affidavit to determine ownership and if they are able to’t, they are going to lose. So, they have an avenue to determine ownership now and allow them to go beforehand.
“The Rivers subject is pure politics so far as i am concerned. because the NIA has claimed ownership, all they wish to do is to head to court docket and existing paperwork and satisfactorily convince the courts that it owns the money and it used to be bought legitimately.”
however Wike, on Sunday, referred to as on Christians within the state to searching for God’s intervention over the seized $ 43m.
Wike explained that this was once vital as a way to be sure that the Federal government lower back the money to the state executive.
talking throughout an Easter carrier at Saint Peter’s Anglican Church in Rumuepirikom, Wike mentioned the church had the responsibility to wish for God to touch the Federal government of Nigeria to come back the money to the state’s coffers.
“we want the prayer of the church as a result of there may be nothing that prayer cannot do. Pray that God will have to contact the federal government of Nigeria so that it will return the money to us. What we are keen on is for the money to come back to us,” he stressed out.
Wike pointed out that opposite to the allegations through Amaechi, he had no longer declared battle on the Federal executive.
according to him, the Rivers State executive is simply asking for the return of the seized funds to the state.
He said, “I can’t declare warfare on the Federal executive. anybody bringing Buhari’s name will have to leave Buhari and face his own issues. the problem is who saved the money on the Ikoyi place of abode?
“the money was once saved there by way of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi. No amount of blackmail; no amount of distraction will stop us from getting our money.”
Wike argued that “the selective battle on corruption” would now not help the improvement of the usa.
The Vicar of Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, Rumuepirikom, Venerable Israel Omosioni, prayed God to grant the request of Rivers individuals for the Ikoyi billions to be returned.
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