Anti-graft commission arrests Gov. Dickson's ex-aide over alleged N10m bribe offer

By The Citizen

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a former Senior Special Assistant on media to Bayelsa state governor Henry Dickson over an attempt to bribe an EFCC official with N10 million.

The suspect Abnedgo Don- Evarada, was arrested on Monday in Port- Harcourt, Rivers State for offering a bribe of N10 million to the EFCC’s Zonal Head in Port- Harcourt, Mr Ishaq Salihu, EFCC said in a statement Tuesday.

EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren in the statement said: 'Don-Evarada ran into trouble when he approached Salihu, over a case involving the Senior Special Assistant to the Bayelsa’s state governor on Millennium Development Goals, Apere Embelakpo and his wife, Fiene Beauty.'

He added that Embelakpo is being investigated for alleged diversion of N800 million being funds meant for the  Millennium Development Goals (MDG)  while his wife is being investigated for alleged money laundering, forgery and suspicious transactions to the tune of N200 million.

Uwujaren added: 'Don- Evarada offered the bribe ostensibly to compromise the EFCC investigation but his overture was turned down and was arrested.'

He is being kept in the custody of the EFCC and would be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded, the EFCC stated.