Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has insisted that his government will implement the recommendations of the Justice George Omereji-led judicial commission of inquiry without fear or ill will.
It would be recalled that the panel was set up by Wike to carry out a probe of the sale of Rivers’ assets.
The panel is to equally probe into other matters as it touches on the management of state’s resources by the government of immediate past governor of the state, Rotimi Amaechi.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Opunabo Inko-Tariah, the incumbent governor insisted that his administration would not give room for financial crimes to be committed with impunity in the state
According to the governor, “The implementation of the commission’s recommendations shall be devoid of fear or favour, affection or ill will. The refusal to appear before the panel is an admission of guilt. The allegation that the Justice Omereji’s commission of inquiry is a subterfuge to indict Rotimi Amaechi suffers from the eclipse of reasoning and poverty of logic.
“Amaechi set up the Justice Kayode Esho’s commission and when former governor Peter Odili was invited, he obliged despite the fact that Justice Esho had made some uncomplimentary remarks about a perpetual injunction concerning Odili.
“The Omereji’s panel was set up to probe the expenditures made by Amaechi’s government, which is what any responsible government will do because the taxpayers’ money is not for one man, especially when certain financial transactions are opaque.
“It is even more important when the outgoing administration demurred to hand over or when there are no handover notes. The welter of criticisms by the APC in Rivers State is actuated by the fear of exposure. It is just hocus-pocus.
“Governor Wike inherited a hobbling economy and a suffocating treasury. He provided the life-saving machine and today, the state is recuperating. The sittings (of the panel) were not done clandestinely and all that was expected of Amaechi and his acolytes was for them to appear and prove their innocence.”