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Bayelsa Govt Debunks Reports Of Dickson’s Arrest Abroad

Posted: May 4, 2016 at 5:18 am   /   by   /   comments (0)



Igoniko Oduma



The Bayelsa State government on Tuesday debunked insinuation in some quarters that Mr. Seriake Dickson, the state governor, is cooling his feet in a detention cell abroad.

The state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Jonathan Obuebite, dismissed the speculation during a live radio interview monitored in Yenagoa, the state capital.

Speculation had been rife in Bayelsa that Dickson might have been arrested in the United States of America (USA) for alleged money laundering.

A version of the speculation said that he was allegedly invited over for questioning by the US anti-money laundering agency after the sum of $200 million was discovered in the bank account of one of his children, leading to his arrest.

The speculation followed several days of enquiries as to his whereabouts after it was observed that he had travelled out of the state without informing the people accordingly.

Dickson was said to have jetted out of the country after swearing in 14 commissioners and 18 special advisers on April 14 to constitute the State Executive Council.

Obuebite said there was no iota of truth in the rumoured apprehension of the governor abroad.

He accused the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state of spreading the falsehood on Dickson’s arrest overseas “to score irrelevant political point”.

He said the governor had been communicating with the officials of his administration including himself, Obuebite, from his base outside the state.

He said, “Let it be on record that your governor is not under detention. He was never arrested. He was never called for questioning. There is nothing like that. Nothing like that.

“See, it is a trend in Bayelsa. Whenever the governor travels we will hear this rumour that he has been arrested.

“I have been speaking with him, not only me, the Deputy Governor (John Jonah), too, has been speaking with him. He is so concerned that everyday he will speak with six or seven top government functionaries”.

The commissioner assured the people that Dickson would return to the state this week to attend to official matters and everybody, including the opposition, would see that he was never detained.