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Blackmail alleged in Rivers roads exercise

25 January 2016, 07:45Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja -? ?Reports suggest companies might have been blackmailed into paying for the reconstruction of a road in Rivers State.

The state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) alleged the companies funded the East/West Road under those conditions.

Names of the companies have been supplied.

APC state spokesman, Chris Finebone, therefore challenged Governor Nyesom Wike to publicly refute the allegations.

Comment could not be obtained from the government but Wikes's People's Democratic Party has alleged plans to undermine strides by government in roads construction.

Among the allegations are that Intels Services paid N1 billion, Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals paid N500million while Port Harcourt Refinery paid 300million and Nigerian Ports Authority N250 million.

Also Read: Gunmen kidnap party chairman in Rivers

It is alleged the funds total over N2 billion.

"The APC finds it curious but not surprised that the governor has only paid N150 million being 50 percent of the N 300 million contribution the Rivers State Government is expected to make towards the project," Finebone said.

He said the party was nonetheless was "not surprised.

"..Because many a Rivers person knows that on May 29, 2015 we all were railroaded on a trip to nowhere aboard a one-chance-bus with the governor as the driver, conductor, mechanic and everything."

- CAJ News


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