*As police commence investigation
By Amgbare Ekaunkumo, Yenagoa
SEVEN Policemen have been arrested over the alleged involvement in the theft of N800million from the office of Deputy Chief of Staff to the Bayelsa State Government House, Mrs. Ebizi Ndiomu-Brown in Bayelsa State.
It was gathered that the order for the arrest of the policemen on duty at the time of the theft, was order by the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Uche Anozia.
The alleged theft, which occured on the penultimate Wednesday night, was discovered on Thursday morning with the safe where the cash was kept reportedly vandalised.
Sources close to the office of the Deputy Chief of staff, confirmed to our correspondent that the office where the money was kept, which had two entrances, was buggled.
It was gathered that the two entrances was guarded by policemen and many wondered how the bugglers had access to the cash.
Although, detectives from the department of the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the State Police Command has commenced investigation into the incident.
A Government House source told correspondent on telephone that the theft of such huge amount was shocking to the Deputy Chief of Staff and other officials of the state Government.
Attempts to get confirmation from the officials of the State Government proved abortive as they kept mute over the incident. An official that spoke on the incident under anonimity, told correspondent that ‘only the policemen have been arrested because they were on duty at the time of the theft.’
The Deputy Chief of Staff to the Bayelsa State Government House, Mrs. Ebizi Ndiomu-Brown, when contacted on phone, adamatlnt to respond to text message.
The arrested police suspects were attached to the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Bayelsa State Government.