A Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt yesterday dismissed a suit brought before it by former governor of the state, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, challenging the decision of Governor Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike to set up a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to probe his administration.
This is as the immediate past attorney-general of the state and commissioner for justice, Mr. Wogu Boms, yesterday said the constitution of the commission, headed by Justice George Omereji was illegal.
The presiding judge, Justice Simeon Amadi, who delivered judgement on the suit, declared that the Judicial Commission was not established to investigate the personal activities of the former governor, but to investigate previous actions of government as they affect the people of the state.
Amadi ruled that Wike, by the provisions of the law, is empowered to establish the Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate previous actions of government, pointing out that there is no law preventing a state government from finding out how her resources were expended.
He noted that the former governor has not filed a Memorandum before the commission and has not appeared before it, hence he cannot complain that he was not given fair hearing.
Meanwhile, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday, Boms said the Commission of Inquiry is ill-conceived and illegal, adding that it will not achieve anything beyond political entertainment and excitement.