By Ezeocha Nzeh
Ahead of the November 16 governorship poll in Bayelsa state, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yekini Nabena, has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) to urgently investigate and alleged illegal withdrawal of about N17.5b from the state account
Nabena, who is the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC called on the anti corruption agencies to freeze all bank accounts belonging to the Bayelsa state government to avoid further illegal withdrawals, stressing that the monies were illegally withdrawn on the orders of the state governor, Seriake Dickson to prosecute the Bayelsa governorship election.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday, the APC deputy spokesman also urged the anti-corruption agencies to track down the already withdrawn N17.5 billion and arrest the state Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Maxwell Ebibai, who allegedly oversaw the illegal withdrawals.
“In the last two weeks the Bayelsa state government has 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 showed that the state 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 They must also track down the already withdrawn N17.5 billion and arrest the State Commissioner for Finance, Mr.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).
“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.”