The Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has actually disclosed in a statement, that the Senior Special Assistant to the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, on Millennium Development Goals, Apere Embelakpo, and also his spouse, Fiene Beauty are being looked into over a alleged N1bn fraud.
Mr. Don-Evarada, a former media aide to Governor Dickson was arrested by the EFCC on Monday, April 25, 2016, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State for allegedly trying to stop the investigation, by bribing the EFCC Zonal Head, Ishaq Salihu, with N10m.
EFCC spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, told Punch that Embelakpo is under investigation for allegedly diverting N800m, and his wife, allegedly for money laundering and other offences leading to the tune of N200m.
Wilson said “Embelakpo is being investigated for the alleged diversion of N800m being funds meant for the MDGs while his wife is being investigated for alleged money laundering, forgery and suspicious transactions to the tune of N200m.
“Don- Evarada allegedly offered the bribe to compromise the EFCC investigation but his overture was turned down and was arrested.
“He is being kept in the custody of the EFCC and would be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.”
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state also announced that the state can no longer borrow money from banks to pay salaries, adding that the government is going through hard times.