Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has said that he would continue to fight for the release and return of the N13billion found in an apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos state.
Wike said that he is certain that the money belongs to the people and government of Rivers state. The governor noted in an interview with Channels TV that he still awaits the summon of the federal government’s panel set up to investigate the ownership of the “mysterious Ikoyi cash”.
Wike had claimed that the fund, which has now been forfeited to the federal government, belonged to Rivers state.
In the interview on Tuesday, June 20, Wike said although the court had ordered a final forfeiture to the government, no judgement was final.
He said: “Let the panel release the report of their findings on the money. We have claimed ownership of the money and it is only right for us to be given a fair hearing.
“We have facts to prove that the money belongs to the River State Government. No judgment can be a final.”
Recall that EFCC, acting on a tip-off on Wednesday, April 12, said they found $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23, 218,000 hidden inside an apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi.
The funds are valued at N13 billion based on prevailing exchange rate set by the Central Bank of Nigeria.