Rivers State demands Soyinka pays back the money
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE furore around Nigeria ‘s oil capital over some funds the Rivers State Government claims the past administration misused have taken a new twist by sucking in prominent writer, Prof Wole Soyinka.
Governor Nyesom Wike’s administration said it would demand a refund of the N82million expended by former Governor Rotimi Amaechi on the Nobel Laureate’s dinner if it confirmed he received part of the funds.
State Information Commissioner, Dr Austin Tam-George, described such spend as frivolous expenditure.
“I will seek the permission of the Governor to formally write Soyinka, a known supporter of Amaechi if he received part of the N82million spent on a three-hour dinner hosted for him by the Amaechi administration,” said Tam-George.
If he agrees that he received such funds, then he will be compelled to refund same to the coffers of Rivers State.
“At present, we have presented these details to the Police for investigation and prosecution,” said the commissioner.
“We shall also take up this matter as a financial crime against the people of Rivers State,” Tam-George said.
The commissioner added that the current administration was addressing all alleged fraudulent actions of the Amaechi administration.
Tam-George alleged Amaechi betrayed the trust of Rivers people by embarking on irresponsible expenses, which led to the mismanagement and fraudulent misuse of N3 trillion that accrued to the state under his watch.
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