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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

EFCC grants ex-Bayelsa Gov, Dickson bail

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has granted the immediate past governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson after he had spent nine hours answering questions over his family assets in the United Kingdom and alleged diversion of funds of about N17. 5 billion.

The commission released the ex-governor, who is also presently representing Bayesla West Senatorial district at the National Assembly around 7 pm on Tuesday.

However, the ex-government said the affected assets for which he was being quized were acquired before he became Governor.

He said he had consistently declared the assets with the Code of Conduct Bureau(CCB).

He also described the petition by a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) on diversion of funds totaling N17. 5billion as frivolous.

According to a source, Dickson presented himself to the EFCC following an invitation by the agency.

The source said the ex-Governor was grilled over allegations bordering on abuse of office and misappropriation of public funds during his eight-year administration in Bayelsa State between 2012 and 2020.

“The former governor who arrived the headquarters of the EFCC in Jabi, Abuja at about 11am was questioned by a team of operatives investigating the allegations against him.

“Though the details of the allegations against the governor were not released, by the EFCC, the allegations relate to issues of assets declaration and misapplication of intervention funds and other assets belonging to the Bayelsa State government.

In a statement, which he personally signed, Dickson described the petition against him by a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) as baseless.

He said apart from being asked to account for the family assets he acquired before becoming a Governor, he was confronted with a fresh allegation of diversion of funds amounting to N17.5 billion.

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He said the EFCC claimed that an NGO alleged that he used part of the cash for his re-election in 2019.

He said it was obvious that the petition was faulty because he did not seek re-election in 2019.

“About two weeks ago I received an invitation from the EFCC to clarify some issues relating to assets declarations as alleged by an NGO.

“On account of our busy schedule at the time, I wrote to inform them and we agreed to reschedule the interview for Tuesday.

n a statement, which he personally, Dickson described the petition against him by a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) as baseless.

He said apart from being asked to account for the family assets he acquired before becoming a Governor, he was confronted with a fresh allegation of diversion of funds amounting to N17. 5billion.

He said the EFCC claimed that an NGO alleged that he used part of the cash for his re-election in 2019.

He said it was obvious that the petition was faulty because he did not seek re-election in 2019.

The statement said: “About two weeks ago I received an invitation from the EFCC to clarify some issues relating to assets declarations as alleged by an NGO.

“On account of our busy schedule at the time, I wrote to inform them and we agreed to reschedule the interview for Tuesday,” the ex governor stated.

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