The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has asked Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state to present evidence of ownership of the recovered funds in an Ikoyi mansion.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) last week Wednesday acted on a tip-off which led to the recovering of $43.4m, £27,000 and N23m.
The money has been a source of controversy as Wike claims it belongs to Rivers state, the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA) says it owns the money; while Rotimi Amaechi, former Rivers state governor linked to the funds, denied knowledge of the money.
However, the EFCC had gone before a Federal High Court in Lagos where it claimed that no one had come forward to claim the cash and obtained an interim forfeiture order.
Meanwhile, Sagay in an interview with Punch on Sunday, asked Wike to present evidence that the cash belongs to the Rivers State Government or else he would not be taken ”seriously”.
”The court has already given an order that the seizure should be advertised and anybody who has an interest or thinks he is the owner should come in and file an affidavit and explain the basis upon which he is claiming the money,” Sagay stated.
Sagay said Wike’s claims were ”pure politics”, adding that all the governor needed to do was to go to court and present documents and ”satisfactorily convince the courts that it owns the money and it was obtained legitimately.”topics from