Just in: Wike drops murder charges against Rivers factional APC chairman

Just in: Wike drops murder charges against Rivers factional APC chairman

- Governor Wike dropped the murder charges against the factional APC chairman in Rivers state

- The governor's move is believed to be in line with his readiness to work with Amaechi and other leaders to move Rivers state forward

- Wike has also directed the state's attorney-general to review all pending criminal cases linked to politics before the 2019 elections and make recommendations to promote reconciliation

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has dropped murder charges against the Rivers state chairman of Amaechi's faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon Ojukaye Flag Amachree.

The move is believed to be a major step in the fulfillment of Governor Wike's promise to work with the minister of transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, to ensure peace reigns in the state.

The state high court 2, chaired by Justice J N Akpughunum, on Tuesday, May 7, dropped the charges following the presentation of a Nolli Prosqui (do not prosecute) filed by the state attorney General, Zacheas Adangor through the prosecuting counsel, Godwin Obla (SAN).

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Legit.ng's regional reporter, Victor Ihunwo, reports that Obla said the state no longer has interest in the matter and filed to discontinue the case. Accordingly; the presiding judge, Justice Akpughunum, struck out the matter.

Responding, Emenike Ebete, Amachree's lawyer said with the latest development, his client has no case to answer.

Recall that Governor Wike in a state broadcast to mark the landmark Supreme Court judgement striking out an appeal by Rivers APC appealed to Amaechi to join hands with him in moving the state forward.

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Wike said the state stands to benefit more if all leaders are united, specifically urging Amaechi, the leader of the APC in the state, to team up with him in developing the state.

He said: “Although the present politics of acrimony and bitterness may have strayed from the noble path of the past, I still believe that we shall be better if standing and working together for our state and our people.

”I therefore appeal to the APC and the minister of transportation to join hands with us to move our dear state forward. We cannot as leaders continue to remain divided and expect government to deliver on its responsibilities to our people. Let us from henceforth seek the common ground instead of allowing our differences to be exploited to retard our march to progress.

”I appeal to our people to eschew all acts of acrimony, criminality, unrest, and violence throughout the state. I wish to recommit myself to continue to do all that is humanly possible to ensure the unity and peaceful co-existence of all our people, irrespective of political affiliation”.

Wike directed the attorney-general and commissioner for justice to review all pending criminal cases linked to politics before the 2019 elections and make necessary recommendations to promote reconciliation.

He said: “I hereby direct the honourable attorney-general and commissioner for justice to review all pending criminal proceedings filed against any person by the state and directly related to political activities prior to the 2019 general elections and make appropriate recommendations to me for necessary action to promote reconciliation among us.”

The governor pledged to run an inclusive government aimed at promoting the state.

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