Alleged N3bn Loan Diversion: ‘Whistleblower’s Trial Stalled

The trial of John Idumange, who raised an alarm over alleged diversion of three billion naira Agriculture loan by government officials in Bayelsa state was stalled today.

The absence of Justice Iniekenimi Uzakah of the State High Court stalled the proceeding.

The court registry staff informed litigants and their counsel that the judge would not be sitting, without giving reason for the absence of the judge.

He said that the judge had directed parties and their lawyers in the cases listed to pick a new date for adjournment.

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The court clerks subsequently fixed Feb 1, for continuation of trial following agreement by Director of Public Prosecution in Bayelsa Mrs Iyobol Apulu and Defence Counsel Mr Ebikebuna Aluzu.

The State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Biriyai Sambo, SAN, filed a suit against Idumange for misdemeanour and seditious publications against government officials.

A Magistrates’ Court had on March 11 in Yenagoa, ordered Idumange’s detention for 30 days, pending police investigation.

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

Some officials of the state government, reported to the police that Idumange, made seditious publications that maligned their persons in his claims.

However, the State High Court, Sagbama Division, granted bail to Idumange, who was also an aide on Research and Documentation and later Social Media to former Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson.


Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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