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Criminal Defamation: Count Us Out Of Okah’s Prosecution – Bayelsa Govt

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The Bayelsa State Government has dissociated itself from the prosecution of Barrister Jonah Okah, the Former Speech Writer to the Former State Governor, Chief Timipre Sylva,

According to the Bayelsa State Government, though the State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson indicated interest to serve as witness, ‎the state government is not an interested party in the matter even though the alleged offence ‎of Okah directly impugn on the integrity of the Governor and government.

The Bayelsa State Government,in a statement issued by the State Commissioner of Information and Orientation,Hon, Jonathan Obuebite on saturday evening in Yenagoa, insisted that the series of sponsored media campaigns accusing it of being responsible for the arrest and arraignment of Mr. Jonah Okah is ‎an unfortunate accusation and ridiculous.

According to the Statement, “It is also a calculated attempt to deceive the public on the real issues of the case, wipe up unnecessary sentiment and make the state tensed. Mr. Jonah Okah is not being prosecuted by the state government but the Bayelsa State Police Command based on a petition of criminal defamation of character written against him by a fellow civil servant Mr. Richie Etonye, an accountant.”

“The state government is not an interested party in the matter even though the alleged offence ‎of Okah directly impugn on the integrity of the Governor and government. That His Excellency Governor Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson only indicated his interest to appear as witness in the case because of the mention of his name in the accusation of missing money by Okah.”

“No official  ‎of the state government is sponsoring or influencing in anyway the ongoing case at the Magistrate Court.We have decided to make this clarification in order to change the ongoing narrative especially in the social media. Our laws have no respect for anyone. If Okah is innocent as he and his wailing supporters claim, then let his counsel prove that but if the court thinks otherwise let justice prevail.”

“Finally, freedom of speech is not an opportunity to wreck people’s hard earned reputation and career. No one should miss that point! Civil servants must know were their first loyalty lies.”

 

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