The River State Governor Nyesom Wike has claimed that N13bn ($43.4m, N23m and £27,000) found by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Lagos,belong to River state, that the money is Rotimi Amechie stole wealth as former Governor of the state.
The National Intelligence Agency claimed ownership of the money ,that the money, which was found on the seventh floor of the building,is approved by former President Goodluck Jonathan for covert operations and security projects covering a period of years.The money was said to have been released in bits during the tenure of a former NIA director-general and it was approved before the advent of the Treasury Single Account.
According to Punch, the Director-General of the NIA, Amb. Ayo Oke; the EFCC Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu; and the National Security Adviser, Babagana Moguno, had met over the issue.
A source said that when EFCC operatives stormed the Ikoyi property on Wednesday, they were informed that the said apartment was a safe house of the NIA from which discreet operations were carried out.EFCC rejected all entreaties from the NIA and entered the building, breaking the fireproof safes and taking the money.
Governor Wike, described the claim that the cash belonged to the NIA as balderdash, alleged that the former governor of the state and the current Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, kept the money in the apartment.
He however stated that, $43m was part of the proceeds from the sale of a gas turbine by the immediate past administration, adding that the gas turbine was initially built by the Peter Odili administration.
He call on the Federal Government to set up a commission of inquiry to probe the source of the huge money found in the flat, insisting that the funds belonged to Rivers people and should be returned to the owners within seven days.