Court orders arrest of ‘whistle blower' - Alleged N3bn Agric loan diversion
A High Court in Bayelsa on Monday issued a bench warrant for the arrest of a Ex-General Manager of Radio Bayelsa, Mr. John Idumange, who raised an alarm over alleged diversion of N3 billion agric loan by government officials under the current administration of Governor Douye Diri.
Justice Iniekenimi Uzakah issued the warrant following an oral application by state prosecuting counsel, E.S. Obed, noted that Idumange has been absent from court to defend charges against him.
The defense counsel, Ebikebuna Aluzu, had told the court that the defendant had an accident on his way to court but the judge insisted that the defendant must be produced in court and adjourned till July 26.
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Press gathered that the Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice in Bayelsa, Biriyai Sambo, SAN, sued Idumange for misdemeanor and seditious publications against government officials, who Idumange accused of diverting the loan sum of N3 billion.
It would also be recalled that a Magistrates' Court had on March 11 in Yenagoa, the state capital, ordered Idumange's detention for 30 days pending police investigation.
Idumange, who alleged that officials of the Bayelsa government diverted a N3 billion Agric loan, was arrested on March 10 and charged to court the next day.
Some officials of the state government had earlier reported to the police that Idumange had made seditious publications that maligned their persons in his claims.
However, a State High court, Sagbama division, granted bail to Idumange, who was also a Ex-aide on Research and Documentation and later Social Media to Ex-Gov. Seriake Dickson.
Press gathered that Idumange, had a few weeks ago raised an alarm on his Facebook timeline that some persons are planning to poison and kill him in detention if arrested.
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The case earlier assigned to Justice Ebiyerin Omukoro was reassigned to Justice Uzakah.
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