We will arrest rumour mongers – Bayelsa alleges plot to embarrass President Jonathan and state governor

by Isi Esene

The Bayelsa State government yesterday cried out accusing some elements of plotting to embarrass the government of the state and ultimately, president Goodluck Jonathan, by accusing them of diverting relief materials meant for the internal displaced victims of the flood disaster.

This was disclosed yesterday by the secretary to the state government, Edmond Allison-Oguru, while receiving a truckload of donations from the management of Chevron Oil Limited.

Allison-Oguru said the state government have put machinery in place to apprehend those behind the alleged plot.

He reportedly said, “We have warned them to desist from such a nefarious act that is capable of bringing down the good gesture of the president and the governor to disrepute.

“Government is disturbed when relief materials are diverted by some third party, hence it has mandated specific government officials to handle matters relating to donations of relief materials.”

He admitted that relief materials were once diverted by those he referred to as a “third party” but such practices had since stopped due to the adoption of an effective “internal control system”.

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  1. Someone please remind them this is a democracy and you can't arrest people for exercising their freedom of speech. The worst you can do is sue them for libel. However by confessing that there was actually diversion of resources you have admitted that the rumours are true so no grounds for libel.

    But then again, how come you have not arrested or prosecuted any of these "third parties" that diverted flood relief. Surely they should be your arrest priority not the "rumour mongers".

    1. Nigerian political landscape is a peculiar case; there's no such thing as the rule of law, even though theoretically it exists.
      It is no longer news that the political class enrich themselves under the disguise of addressing the plight of the people, in this case the flood victims.
      I'm not surprised at this development; everything is contractual in Nigeria! The so-called 'third parties' are the friends of the government, as such it would be difficult if not impossible for them to make any arrest.
      It's callously pathetic to know that our politicians lack conscience, even in the midst of socio-economic disaster of our people!

    2. Correct talk , they are neva realistic, becos corruption has eaten deep into our leadership, that's they always chasing shadows.its just pathetic.

    3. Correct talk , they are neva realistic,becos corruption has eaten deep into our leadership, that's why they're always chasing shadows. It's just pathetic

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