Court issues bench warrant against Amaechi, Tonye Cole for ‘failing to honour invitation’

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A State High Court in Port Harcourt has issued a bench warrant on former governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi, for failing to honour the invitation of the court over a lawsuit filed by Rivers State Government against him for the misappropriation of public funds amounting to N96 billion during his tenure as governor of the state from 2007 to 2015.

Governor Wike had earlier set up a seven-man panel in 2015 to investigate issues surrounding the sale of assets which include : Omoku Gas Turbine, Afam Gas Turbine, Trans Amadi Gas Turbine, Eleme Gas Turbine, Olympia Hotel, and the contract award for the execution of the monorail project by the former governor to Sahara Energy, a firm indicted in the deals and co-founded by Tonye Cole.

The trial Judge, Justice Chinwendu Nwogu, also issued a bench warrant on APC Governorship Candidate, Tonye Cole, former Commissioner for Energy, Augustine Wokocha, Sahara Energy Resources Limited, Chamberlain Peterside, NG powers HPS Limited, and Cenpropsaroten Management Limited over failure to appear before the court on Rivers State Government’s criminal charges against them.

The presiding Judge adjourned the matter to July 5th for the plea.

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