Barrister Jonah Okah, a loyalist of the APC Governorship Candidate, Chief Timipre Sylva, was yesterday arrested by the police in Bayelsa State.
Okah,who served as a speech writer under the administration of Governor Timipre Sylva, was arrested over alleged posting of fictitious material to Facebook over alleged missing $4.6million money belonging to the state governor, Hon Seriake Dickson.
LEADERSHIP gathered that though the alleged missing money was dismissed by the Bayelsa State Government as fictitious, the arrested Jonah Okah was accused of alleged Facebook posting, claiming to have confirmed that the money was missing and criticizing the Governor, Hon Serake Dickson.
Confirming the development, Mr Doifie Buokoribo, in a statement yesterday said Okah, in a terse text message sent to his mobile phone stated that, “I have just been picked up by the police from the office of the Commissioner for Police from Bayelsa State Command on the order suspected to be from the Bayelsa State Government. I’m being taken to SCID led by one SP Ani.”
Attempts to confirm from the development from the state Commissioner for Police, Mr Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi and the spokesman of the State Police Command, Asimin Butswat failed as they were reported to be out of the state.
Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State Government has declared readiness to prosecute those involved in the alleged claims that the disputed $4.6million was missing.
The state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Hon Jonathan Obuebite, while confirming the state government’s decision, said though they have condemned the false claim on the missing money, the state government will assist the Government House Accountant, Mr Richie Etonye to seek legal redress. The governor is ready to serve as a witness in this matter so that for once, the truth will come out for the good of Bayelsa.”
Obuebite said “The governor has said he never lost any money and that he did not report any case of missing money. So, it is politically motivated. It was done by our detractors.