Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has insisted that the N13billion found at an Ikoyi residence in Lagos belong to his state, saying his administration has already begun the process of recovering the funds.
Speaking during a special appearance on Channels Television Sunrise Programme, Governor Wike described the claim by the National Intelligence Agency to the funds as part of “the antics of the Federal Government” on the matter.
He said the state’s team of lawyers was already working to ensure that Rivers State gets back its funds which he described as proceeds of the sale of assets belonging to the state.
“We will follow due process of the law to get back Rivers State money found at the Ikoyi residence,” he said.
“This money belongs to the Rivers State people. We have conducted out checks.
“We will stun Nigeria with this matter. We will come out with our evidence at the appropriate time”.
The governor said the state government would not reveal its strategy to recover the funds because of the games being played by the APC Federal Government.
He said “the politicization of the entire issue of the Rivers State fund discovered at the Ikoyi residence, indicate that the Federal Government has a something to hide.”
On developments in the Niger Delta region, Governor Wike accused the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) of working at cross purposes with the region.
He claimed the commission was politicising “the process of its execution of projects which are usually abandoned.”
He accused the agency of deliberately refusing to liaise with the states before projects are initiated.
On the PDP crisis, Governor Wike said he was supporting the Ahmed Makarfi faction and that he would wait for the Supreme Court to state its position.
“It is very much unlikely that I will work with Ali Modu Sheriff. It is not possible for me to stay with Sheriff,” he said.