Rivers state withdraws criminal charges against Amaechi, Cole, others

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The Rivers State government has withdrawn the criminal case it filed against a former Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi, the state governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Tonye Cole, among others.

The government had accused them of selling government assets and diverting the proceeds running into several billions of naira during Amaechi’s tenure as the governor

But when the case resumed for ruling on the legality of a private lawyer to prosecute the matter, the lawyer to the state government, who is the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Zaccheus Adangor, informed the court that he was withdrawing the suit.

The lawyer to the APC, Amaechi and Cole contended that withdrawing the suit was an abuse of court process and prayed the judge to dismiss the criminal charges, if the suit must be withdrawn.

After listening to the arguments of the counsel to the parties, the presiding judge, Justice Okogbule Gbasam, struck out the suit and the charges against the APC and others.