APC urges EFCC, NFIU to freeze Bayelsa accounts over N17.5bn diversion

…Wants Commissioner of Finance arrested

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena, has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), to urgently investigate and freeze bank accounts belonging to the Bayelsa state government over alleged ‘illegal diversion of N17.5 billion.’

According to Nabena, the monies were “illegally withdrawn on the orders of the state governor, Seriake Dickson, to prosecute the forthcoming Bayelsa governorship election.”

In a statement issued in Abuja Sunday, the APC deputy spokesman, asked the anti-corruption agencies to track down the already withdrawn N17.5 billion and arrest the state Commissioner for Finance, Mr Maxwell Ebibai, who, he said, allegedly oversaw the illegal withdrawals.

“In the last two weeks the Bayelsa state government have in highly suspicious circumstances made several withdrawals to the tune of N17.5 billion without any corresponding project to justify the withdrawals.

“Insider reports we received state that Governor Seriake Dickson approved the illegal withdrawals to fund the election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the state.

“The EFCC and the NFIU must urgently freeze the state government accounts to stop further illegal withdrawals. They must also track down the already withdrawn N17.5 billion and arrest the State Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Maxwell Ebibai who oversaw the illegal withdrawals. 

“Our sources reported that some of the cash is stashed in the governor’s Toru-Orua country home. Others have been laundered by the commissioner for finance through the Bayelsa Development and Investment Corporation (BDIC).

“When I spoke to journalists last week, I had raised alarm over the Governor openly boasting that he has the money pay the police and army, including their retirement benefits if they work for him in the elections. 

“It is now clear that Governor Dickson is bent on using the federal allocation meant for Bayelsans to rig the election and install his stooge. He also plans to use public funds to sponsor new militant camps and the illegal activities of the state security outfit, Operation Doo Akpo which he is using to harass political opponents in his party PDP and APC members, supporters and leaders in the state ahead of the governorship election.” The APC chieftain stated.

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