27.1 C
Abuja

Alleged CBN N3bn agric loan diversion: Absence of defense counsel stalls trial of ‘whistleblower’

Related

1min read

By Nwakamma Nathan


THE absence of defense counsel to former  General Manager of Radio Bayelsa John Idumange, who raised the alarm over alleged diversion of N3 billion agric loan by government officials, was on Thursday stalled at a Bayelsa high court.

When the case was called up for hearing, the prosecution led by Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) in Bayelsa Iyobosa Apulu, noted that the bench warrant issued on the defendant, Idumange, ought to be issued against his surety.

She urged the court to issue another bench warrant on Idumange’s surety to produce the defendant in court.

“We do not know the whereabouts of the defendant who was previously on bail before the case was transfered to this court, but his surety can be traced and that is why we want the bench warrant be issued against the surety to prevail on him to produce the defendant in court,” Iyobosa said.

The court had, on July 19, issued a bench warrant authorising the arrest of a Idumange, whose counsel Ebikebuna Aluzu, had informed the court that the defendant was involved in an accident and was hospitalised.

- Advertisement -

Justice Iniekenimi Uzakah subsequently adjourned the matter until September 10.

The Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice in Bayelsa Biriyai Sambo (SAN) had filed a suit against Idumange for misdemeanour and seditious publications against government officials.

A magistrate court had, on March 11 in Yenagoa, ordered Idumange’s detention for 30 days pending Police investigation.

Idumange, who alleged that officials of the Bayelsa government diverted a N3 billion agric loan and subsequently submitted a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, was arrested on March 10.

Some officials of the Bayelsa government had reported to the Police that Idumange had made seditious publications that maligned their persons in his claims.

However, the Bayelsa High Court, Sagbama Division, granted bail to Idumange, who was also an aide on research and documentation and later social media to former Gov. Seriake Dickson.

The case earlier assigned to Justice Ebiyerin Omukoro was reassigned to Justice Uzakah.

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

If you or someone you know has a lead, tip or personal experience about this report, our WhatsApp line is open and confidential for a conversation

Advertisement

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Support the ICIR

We need your support to produce excellent journalism at all times.

Recent

Over N2bn spent in feeding school children in Adamawa -Minister

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari's Minister of Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development...

Malami denies release of Boko Haram sponsors

NIGERIA’S Attorney-General Abubakar Malami has denied releasing suspected sponsors of the Boko Haram terrorist...

How $1.2m bribe paid to NNPC was used to finance Jonathan, Buhari’s elections

COURT testimonies arising in lawsuits in London and New York have revealed how a...

Nigeria’s transportation cost rises amid shrinking household wallets

IN August, the cost of transportation rose by an average of five per cent...

Despite contradictory evidence, Buhari hails his govt’s human rights records at UN General Assembly

NIGERIAN President Muhammadu Buhari, in an address during the General Debate of the 76th...
Advertisement

Most Read

Advertisement

Subscribe to our newsletter

Advertisement