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Group wants Wike probed for alleged graft

08 February 2016, 15:18Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - An anti-corruption group has urged government to probe Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, for alleged graft.

The People's Coalition against Corruption said such alleged misconduct had been carried out over the past five years.

Peter Iloagbeze, writing on behalf of the organisation alleged theft and diversion of resources from the Tetefund, the alleged swindling of over N100 billion Universal Basic Education Fund and alleged conversion and diversion over N20 billion of the Ministry of Education budgets as acts of corruption.

"As the Governor of Rivers State, which he also acquired by corrupt means anyways, he enjoys some form of momentary reprieve against prosecution," said the official.

"In due course, he will be made to answer, but right now the investigations must continue,” stated Iloagbeze.

Also Read: PDP slams Oyegun over comments on Wike’s victory

The group alleged between 2012 and 2015, Wike used his position as Minister of State for Education to award to himself through his companies and cronies several contracts which he did not execute but received payment.

“We therefore use this medium to invite the Presidency, economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, Nigeria Police and Department of State Services to investigate these acts of stealing; diversion of public funds (and) corrupt practices.”

While he had not commented on these allegations by time of going to press, Wike has rejected any involvement in corruption.

Recently, the Supreme Court endorsed his election after controversial polls held last year.

- CAJ News


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