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Governor Nyeson Wike of Rivers State
The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared the Rivers Judicial Commission of Inquiry on the administration of former Governor Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi illegal, saying that it lacks constitutional powers to do the work for which it was set up by the State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
In a statement issued by APC chairman in Rivers, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, the party said the court should be disbanded: “This is, at best, a kangaroo court which was set up for the sole purpose of rubber-stamping Wike’s conviction, without trial, of his estranged benefactor and the immediate past governor of the State, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.”
“The Justice Omereji Commission of Inquiry is illegal, ill-conceived and ill-motivated. It should be disbanded forthwith,” Rivers APC said in the statement signed by its Chairman,” APC said.
The party pointed out that the Commission of Inquiry Law which has been cited as the backbone of the Commission being chaired by Justice George Omereji did not in any of its 23 Sections authorise the establishing of a Judicial Commission of Inquiry, but merely stated that the governor can set up an inquiry “because judicial powers are vested in courts of law (Section 6(6) (b) of the Nigerian Constitution).”
“As has been made quite clear by legal experts, in setting up the Omereji Commission, Wike was exercising a power unknown to law. To add ‘Judicial’ to a mere administrative inquiry does not reflect a doing of right according to law as it gives the public the wrong impression that the Commission is a High Court by another name called,” Rivers APC said.
The party also faulted the Commission’s Terms of Reference, which includes, among others, “to investigate the illegal deduction from the State’s savings account without compliance with extant …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper