- The Vice President, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Bishop Simeon Okah, has called for the trial of Rotimi Amaechi

- Okah said the minister of transportation was allegedly involved in corruption as governor of Rivers state

- He said the President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war will be futile without Amaechi’s trial

The Vice President, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Bishop Simeon Okah, has called for the trial of the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.


Rotimi Amaechi has been indicted of corruption by the Rivers state government

According to Okah, Amaechi was allegedly involved in corruption as the governor of Rivers state for eight years.

Amaechi, 51, served as the state’s chief executive from 2007 to 2015. He has been indicted for corruption by the Rivers state government.

Okah said the ongoing anti-corruption fight of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration would not be taken seriously if “the likes of Amaechi and other cabinet members alleged to have stolen billions of naira belonging to their states for the 2015 general elections were not being tried.”

The bishop made the comment on Thursday, March 2 while addressing journalists at a press conference ahead of the 2017 Flock of Christ Mission World Convention taking place in Enerhen, Delta state.

Okah said Nigeria had remained underdeveloped because of corruption, warning that the youths would soon rise against their leaders if economic hardship and corruption were not thoroughly tackled by President Buhari.

His words: “Nothing has changed in the anti-corruption fight since President Buhari took over. The system which the federal government is using to fight corruption is not thorough.

“If it was, Rotimi Amaechi would not be walking as a free man in the streets. He (Amaechi) should be tried. He’s from the South-south; I’m also from the South-south.

“He was a governor who operated Rivers state as if it was his father’s personal business. He operated without a chief judge.

“He operated without the court for about four years. He’s the one the All Progressives Congress is parading as a saint. Is this not one of the things that destroyed this country?”

Meanwhile, an aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri accused Amaechi of forcing his boss to share funds in the Excess Crude Account in 2014.

According to Omokri, Jonathan was forced to do so after Amaechi convinced the Nigerian Governors Forum to drag the then federal government to court.

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