- A government official working with Governor Seriake Dickson is reported to have fled with governor’s $4.6million (equivalent of 1.84billion at N400/$1 exchange rate)
- Suspect is said to be an accountant in Bayelsa Government House
- Police clamps down on run-away resident
Men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Bayelsa state on Tuesday, August 23 ransacked the private home of a Bayelsa government official who happens to be the State Government House Accountant.
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The man in the picture is Richard Etonye.
The secret raid by the security operatives was carried out for at least two hours.
The residence is situated along Brass Road was reportedly ransacked based on directives from Governor Seriake Dickson, the Bayelsa state governor, after Etonye allegedly fled with the Bayelsa state governor’s money said to be $4.6m.
Governor Dickson was reported to have given the said amount to the accountant to keep in his safe keep only some days before the man’s home was descended upon on Tuesday, August 23.
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The alleged thief was popularly called Ritchie, and he is said to be Governor Dickson’s first cousin.
A security source close to Government House, Yenagoa, briefly narrated that the Bayelsa state governor gave the money to his first cousin shortly before travelling to Akure, the Ondo state capital to supervise the PDP governorship primary which held on Monday, August 22.
The security source stated: ”The money was given to him by Oga before we left for Ondo State but by the time we returned, the accountant was nowhere to be found and his lines switched off.
”Even his wife was not at home and after waiting for over twelve hours, the governor ordered that his private residence be searched by the police to see whether or not he kept the money there. Right now, we are looking from him because he has evacuated his family from the official quarters in Government House.”
Currently, Bayelsa is an indebted state because it is one of the several states in Nigeria that failed to apply the elementary economic theories of scale of preference and opportunity cost, to solve its economic challenges.