By Amgbare Ekaunkumo,Yenagoa
The outgoing governor of Bayelsa state, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson has allegedly directed the seven securitymen arrested over a theft incident at his Deputy Chief of Staff’s office to keep sealed lips over the incident.
He made the directive while addressing them in a meeting in Yenagoa, said the governor was disturbed about the publicity the incident was attracting to the outgoing administration.
Four personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) arrested over a theft incident at Bayelsa Government House Yeagoa have regained freedom and returned to their duty posts.
It was gathered that preliminary findings by the police led investigation indicated that the crime was an ‘inside job’ and cleared the security men on duty of any complicity.
Officials of Bayelsa government who had perpetrated the theft had used the securitymen as scapegoats to divert attention and under-reported the sum carted away to cover their tracks.
The Bayelsa Commandant of NSCDC, Mrs. Christiana Abiakam-Omanu, confirmed the development to our Correspondent said the NSCDC personnel were questioned and freed by the Police.
Her words: “You know whenever something happens, security personnel deployed are usually the first suspects and they were questioned and have since resumed work at their duty posts.
“They are back to work as we speak while the investigation by the police continues, on our own at NSCDC we are conducting our independent investigations and there is no substantial issue to comment on at this time,” She stated.
While the Bayelsa Police Command had confirmed reports of stealing of large sums of money at the Bayelsa Government House, Yenagoa amidst discrepancies about the amount.
Sources in the Bayelsa Government House who declined to be linked with the issue said that N800 million was carted away, other sources put the missing money at N40 million.
However, the Police Command said the report at its disposal indicate that N3.5 million was stolen by yet to be identified people.
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Asinim Butswat, who spoke in a telephone with our Correspondent in Yenagoa said that some arrests have been made while investigation was underway.
It was gathered that a maintenance staff who worked at the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff to Gov Seriake Dickson was also arrested alongside the security men on duty when the incident reportedly noticed on Thursday last week.
According to Butswat, seven security men comprising three policemen and four Civil Defense personnel on guard duties when the money got missing were in custody and being interrogated.
His words: “On 5th December, 2019, at about 0850 hours, the Command received a report of Burglary and Stealing in the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Government House, Yenagoa.
“It was reported that the main entrance door to the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff was broken and the Safe inside the office were destroyed.
“The crime scene was visited by Policemen and it was further revealed that the sum of Three Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira was stolen.
“Three Policemen, four personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and one maintenance staff on guard duty at the Governor’s office were arrested.
“They are being interrogated at the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Yenagoa,” Butswat concluded.