Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA), Sunday, described what it called the witch-hunt of the former Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, as an absurdity.
The group said it was absurd that the Rivers state government was shielding the Accountant General of the State, Fubara while hunting Amaechi, a former governor of the state for alleged corruption.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, had activated the probe of his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi, over an alleged N96 billion fraud.
HURIWA National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja on Sunday, said that Wike is on a mission to witch-hunt and embarrass Amaechi.
He alleged that Wike is after Amaechi because the erstwhile Minister of Transportation is a member of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).
The group said it was an irony that Wike has been hell-bent to humiliate Amaechi through a probe of his eight-year term as Rivers governor adding that the same Wike has allegedly been shielding the 2023 PDP governorship candidate in Rivers, Siminialayi Fubara, from interrogation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Fubara, who is the immediate past Accountant General of Rivers, and three other top state government officials, had been declared wanted by the anti-graft agency over an alleged N117 billion fraud.
HURIWA “frowns at this double standards by Wike and calls on the governor to act in the interest of justice, fairness and equity and not be moved by political animosity and hatred.”
Recall that the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal filed by Amaechi, an ex-Minister of Transportation, seeking to stop his probe over an alleged N96 billion fraud but the nation’s Apex court categorically ruled that the Commission of Inquiry set up by the Rivers State’s governor Mr Nyesom Wike has no power in law to make indictments because it has no prosecutorial powers.
The Commission of Inquiry hurriedly set up by Wike has an agenda to look into the lawfulness or otherwise of the alleged sale of Rivers State’s valuable assets, such as Omoku Gas Turbine, Afam Gas Turbine, Trans Amadi Gas Turbine, Eleme Gas Turbine, Olympia Hotel and the award of contract for the execution of the Mono Rail project.
Reacting, HURIWA said, “Whilst we do not support any form of unaccountability and transparency just as we believe that the probe of any serving or past government officials is sacrosanct, HURIWA frowns upon double standards by Governor Nyesom Wike.
“It is an eyesore that the governor is pursuing a witch-hunt agenda against his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi, for obvious reasons and he (Wike) failed to reckon that he has been allegedly shielding the 2023 PDP governorship candidate, Siminialayi Fubara, from being picked by the EFCC.
“Wike has not also deemed it fit to advise Fubara to surrender himself to the anti-graft agency but continues to watch on as the governorship candidate evades arrest brazenly.
“Fighting corruption must be entire and not selective. Wike should stop his clandestine agenda and ensure what is good for the goose is good for the gander.”