The immediate past Governor of Rivers State, Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has declared no anti-corruption agency in the country can probe him, as the anti-graft agencies have yet vacated a court order preventing them from doing so.
Reacting to the reports of the alleged probe against him and few other former governors by the the Independent Corrupt Practices and related offences Commission (ICPC), Amaechi, though his former Chief of Staff, Tony Okocha, said he was not afraid of ICPC or the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as long as the probe was not a witch-hunt.
He recalled that the anti-graft agencies had not vacated a court order stopping any of them from investigating any Rivers Government official and as such could not probe him.
Okocha stated that incumbent Governor Nyesom Wike was a beneficiary of such order from the court, adding that until the court injunction was vacated, it would be illegal for the ICPC to probe his boss.
“I have always said that Amaechi is not afraid of the EFCC or the ICPC as long as such probe is not a witch-hunt. Again, there is a court order that the EFCC or other agency like it cannot probe any government official in the state. Wike is a beneficiary of that court order.
“Until that court order is vacated, the ICPC or the EFCC have no right to investigate Amaechi. Since what they are going to investigate is his (Amaechi’s) activities while in government, the EFCC and the ICPC do not have such right to do so based on the standing court order,” he said.