- An Appeal Court in Port Harcourt has dismissed Amaechi's suit challenging the legality of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry established by Governor Wike of Rivers state
- The commission was set up by Wike to look into the dealings of his predecessor, Amaechi's tenure
- Amaechi had filed a suit asking the court to stop the Commission of Inquiry headed by Justice George Omereji from probing him
A Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt has dismissed the appeal filed by former Governor Rotimi Amaechi against the Justice George Omereji-led Judicial Commission of Inquiry constituted by Governor Nyesom Wike in 2015.
In a unanimous judgment on Monday, May 8, the three justices held that Amaechi who is currently the minister of transportation denied himself fair hearing by refusing to appear before the panel, Channels TV reports.
The court also held that Amaechi did not show concrete evidence that the panel was biased and set up to find him guilty.
Wike had set up the commission to probe the sale of valued asset such as theOmoku and Afam Gas plants, the failed contract of the construction of Justice Adolphus Karibi Whyte Specialist Hospital and monies amounting to billions of naira for agricultural loan for the Rivers state Ministry of Agriculture, among others, by the immediate past administration of Amaechi in the state.
Amaechi had approached the Appeal Court to challenge the decision of the high court in the state that declared that the Panel of Inquiry was properly constituted and its findings in line with the law.
In the suit, the former governor said the Justice Omereji panel was biased, adding that the outcome of the panel had been predestined by his successor, Governor Wike.
Premium Times reports that the Appeal Court in a lead judgment by Justice O. F. Omoleye held that the Rivers state House of Assembly has the power to make the Commission of Inquiry Law (CAP 30) under which Governor Wike established the commission.
The court ruled that anybody who holds public office should be ready to be accountable to the people, even after leaving office.
The Court of Appeal Panel that ruled on the matter include Justice O. F. Omoleye (presiding), Justice J. S. Abiriyi, and Justice S. T. Husaini.
Addressing journalists after the judgment, the counsel to the Rivers state governor, Dejo Laminkara, said the Appeal Court’s verdict implies that the law for the establishment of Judicial Commission of Inquiry remains valid.
In the NAIJ.com video below, Amaechi speaks about his work as a minster. According to him President Muhammadu Buhari's ministers are always on the street working.