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Groups says Rivers Governor Wike is ‘atrociously corrupt’


*Says attempt to hoodwink and deceive Nigeria, Rivers people fails * Invites Presidency, EFCC, ICPC, Police, DSS to investigate

Today, we were exposed to some of the corrupt activities and wickedness that Barr. Nyesom Ezenwo Wike perpetuated against the Nigeria Nation in the last five years. 

The massive theft and diversion of resources from the TETFund, the swindling of over N100billion Universal Basic Education Fund, conversion and diversion over N20billion of the Ministry of Education budgets in four years and sundry acts of corruption. 

As the Governor of Rivers State, which he also acquired by corrupt means anyways, he enjoys some form of momentary reprieve against prosecution.

In due course, he will be made to answer, but right now the investigations must continue.

The most painfully and atrocious to Rivers people should be the deliberate attempt by Governor Wike to deceive and swindle the Rivers State Government. 

Between 2012 to and May 29th 2015, Nyesom Wike using his position as Minister of State for Education caused to be awarded to himself through his companies and cronies several contracts which he did not execute but for which he received full payment. 

For instance, on the 28th day of June 2012, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) under the hand of Engr. E. Eshett awarded the CONTRACT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF RUMUEPIRIKOM INTERNAL ROADS (PHASE 1 & 2), OBIO/AKPO to CICO INDUSTRIES LTD for the sum of #2,673,121,782.24 (Two Billion, Six Hundred and Seventy-Three Million, One Hundred and Twenty-One Thousand, Seven Hundred and Eighty-Two Naira and Twenty-Four Kobo). 

Beside the fact that CICO INDUSTRIES LTD, is not a Civil Engineering company they were awarded with the contract for the construction of Rumueprikom Internal Roads and have been fully paid by NDDC, using his crony Hon. Henry Ogiri.

CICO INDUSTRIES LIMITED did not execute that job. 

Instead, in 2015, upon emergence as the Governor of Rivers State, Barr. Nyesom Wike, knowing that the same road had been awarded to him through MESSERS CICO INDUSTRIES LTD for which he had been paid, without any form of compliance with the Rivers State Procurement Law and in other to cover his criminal act and intention, surreptitiously awarded the same RUMUEPRIKOM INTERNAL ROADS to RENNIER CONSTRUCTION COMPANY (RCC) for even a high amount than the pricing of the NDDC.

Our preliminary investigations in RCC revealed that the Governor, in furtherance of his corrupt practices compelled the company to do the job for a fee (N2billion) less than the cost shown on Government Records as the price of the job. 

The investigation also revealed that the company was cajoled to the job as condition for them to receive payment for their Trans Amadi – Woji – Elelenwo – Akpajo Road awarded to them by the past administration in the State. 

As it stands on records today, NDDC has Rumueprikom Internal Road awarded to CICO (WIKE) in 2012 for over N2.6billion; RVSG has the same road awarded to RCC and another company (both for WIKE) in 2015 for over N3.4billion. 

The most painful is that as at today not even up to 35% of the work scope has been achieved, yet such huge amount of funds have been swindled from our very slim treasury, both at the national and state level.

We therefore use this medium to invite the PRESIDENCY, EFCC, ICPC, NIGERIAN POLICE, DSS to investigate these acts of stealing; diversion of public funds; corrupt practices by colluding public servants in NDDC and RVSG, forgery, fraud, presentation of forged documents with the intent to deceive public officials, national sabotage, money laundering and other economic crimes. 

We call for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the Staff of NDDC, RVSG, CICO, RCC, as well as the Bank official that colluded to swindle Rivers State and Nigeria.

Peter Iloagbeze

The Peoples Coalition against Corruption

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