A commission of inquiry in Rivers state has threatened to arrest some aides of former Governor Rotimi Amaechi for failing to appear before it in its ongoing probe of alleged diversion of N2bn being part of a N4bn agric loan from the Central Bank of Nigeria. The panel is also investigating sales of the state’s asset during the former governor’s administration. The affected aides are a former commissioner for agriculture, Emmanuel Chinda, and former local council chairmen in the state.
But, Chinda has filed a suit at the state’s high court, asking that the panel be restrained from investigating and summoning him. He alleged bias against him and accused the commission’s counsel from of publishing his name in the media before formally inviting him. Chinda said the act violates his fundamental right to fair hearing, and defamed his character.
Though invited on Tuesday, the former government officials shunned the panel, spurring a threat for their arrest should they fail to appear on 28 August, 2015.
The commission chairman, Justice George Omeriji, directed that the fresh summons be be published in the state-owned newspaper, Nigerian Tide.