Recovered looted funds: Bayelsa Govt denies suit against EFCC

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Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha
Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha

The Bayelsa government on Tuesday dissociated itself from a suit purportedly filed to compel the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to return funds seized from former Governor of Bayelsa, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.

The EFCC had in a statement on Monday said that it was yet to be served court summons for the suit reportedly filed in a Federal High court Abuja.

Mr  Wilson Uwujaren, Head, Media & Publicity at EFCC had in the statement  accused the Bayelsa government of using the suit as a ploy to distract the  commission from ongoing prosecution of Bayelsa government officials accused of involvement in a N14.7 million fraud case.

The EFCC had on February 28, 2014 arraigned Messrs Apiri Richard Tonye and Paul Charles before Justice Kate Abiri of the Bayelsa State High Court, Yenegoa,

However in a statement signed by Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson, Chief Press Secretary to Bayelsa Governor issued in Yenagoa denied the involvement of Bayelsa government in the said suit.

“The attention of the Bayelsa State Government has been drawn to a publication in some sections of the media entitled “Bayelsa asks EFCC to remit N1.4bn from Alamieyeseigha.

“The said reports quoted one Mr. George Uboh, Chief Executive of Panic Alert Security System, reportedly acting on the mandate of the Bayelsa State Government, wrote to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) to remit the twin sums N1.4 billion and $ 1.3 million  recovered from a former Governor of the state, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.

“The Bayelsa State Government denies the reports and stated categorically clear that, it did not mandate any individual or firm to act on its behalf to request or institute any suit against the EFCC,” the statement read in part.
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The statement  called on the EFCC and the general public to disregard the publications, urging journalists to always clarify issues before going to press.

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