APC uncovers plot by Gov. Wike to blackmail Court of Appeal President, other judges


The Rivers State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, said it
has uncovered a plot by Governor Nyesom Wike to smear, intimidate and
blackmail the President of the Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Zainab
Bulkachuwa and other Appeal Court Justices using the so-called
Integrity Group led by one Livingstone Wechie and his cohorts.

The APC in a statement signed by the party’s chairman Chief Davies
Ibiamu Ikanya, JP revealed that members of the Integrity Friends for
Truth and Peace Initiative, also known as Integrity Group were
activated by Gov. Nyesom Wike to draft and make a publication that
will effectively intimidate and blackmail Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa
and others over the pending Ojukaye Flag-Amachree matter in court.
Livingstone Wechie and his political jobber friends drafted the
document and presented same to the governor in a meeting where the
document was further fine tuned for publication. To cover cost of
giving the publication a wide local, national and possibly
international spread, Gov. Nyesom Wike handed Livingstone Wechie and
his evil disciples the sum of N10m.

The full text of the statement reads: “The APC wishes to reveal that
Gov. Nyesom Wike had earlier attempted to reach justices of the Court
of Appeal in order to compromise the Ojukaye Flag-Amachree trial but
when he was rebuffed he then resorted to the use of his standby
political jobbery outfit, the Integrity Group for the exercise of
blackmailing the judiciary.

“Another proof that Ojukaye Flag-Amachree is being victimised for
political reasons stems from the widely published statement made by
Hon. Austin Opara that Gov. Nyesom Wike was out to jail Hon.
Flag-Amachree at all costs to serve as an example to other APC members
in Rivers State. Curiously, the Judge handling the kangaroo trial of
Ojukaye Flag-Amachree is Justice Margaret Opara, wife of Austin Opara
who is presently holidaying with his family in South Africa at the
expense of the Rivers taxpayer.

“Again, it is pertinent to mention that OCJ Okocha, SAN is central in
all the meetings that have led to the drafting of the document
including conceptualising and personally fine-tuning it.

“The APC can also confirm that at the time of sending out this press
release, four leading national newspapers [names with-held] have
rejected the publication due to ethical and professional

“A cursory look at the document which bears the format of an open
letter to the Chairman, National Judicial Council [NJC] and Chief
Justice of Nigeria, reveals very damaging and unfounded allegations
against Hon. Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa with regard to the Ojukaye
Flag-Amachree matter.

“The APC is worried that a sitting governor will descend so low to
activate his cronies to defame, rubbish and blackmail respected
members of the Nigerian bench at its highest level. This is indeed as
despicable as it is primitive.

“The APC is appalled that no less a personality than OCJ Okocha, who
is also a member of the National Judicial Council, has decided to
diminish his status to that of undermining and compromising the
judicial system to aid the exploits of a dubious political associate
and friend.

“This weekend, Gov. Nyesom Wike and OCJ Okocha moved N500m in physical
cash to Abuja in a private chartered aircraft. There is no doubt that
that money belongs to Rivers people. The APC would like the governor
of Rivers State to tell Rivers people why their N500m was moved to
Abuja outside of the banking system. However, indications point to
untoward motive on the part of the governor for such a huge illegal
cash movement.

“The APC calls on the Chairman of the National Judicial Council [NJC]
and Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed to be wary of
the antics of Gov. Nyesom Wike especially as he is ever determined to
destroy the highly treasured reputation of members of the Bench
whenever he fails in his attempts to compromise the judiciary. We call
on security agents to prevent the wanton looting of monies belonging
to Rivers people by the governor under the cover of immunity ably
aided by his acolytes.”

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