Alleged N3bn loan diversion: Court orders arrest of Whistleblower

 A High Court in Bayelsa, on issued a bench warrant authorising the arrest of a former General Manager of Radio Bayelsa, John Idumange, raised an alarm over alleged diversion of N3 billion loan by government officials.

Justice Iniekenimi Uzakah issued the warrant, following an oral application by State Prosecuting Counsel E.S. Obed noted that Idumange has been absent from court to defend the charge against him.

The Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice in Bayelsa, Biriyai Sambo, SAN, sued Idumange for misdemeanor and seditious publications against government officials, Idumange of diverting the loan.

The Defence Counsel, , J.D Olubowale had told the court that the defendant had an accident on his to court but the judge insisted that the defendant be produced in court and adjourned till July 26.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a Magistrates’ Court had on March 11 in Yenagoa, ordered Idumange’ detention for 30 days pending Police investigation.

Idumang, alleged that officials of Bayelsa government diverted a N3 billion loan, was arrested on March 10 and charged to court the next day.

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 State High Court, Sagbama Division, granted bail to Idumange, was also an aide on Research and Documentation and later Media to former Gov. Seriake Dickson.

NAN reports that the earlier assigned to Justice Ebiyerin Omukoro was reassigned to Justice Uzakah. (NAN)