An All Progressives Congress (APC) leader in Bayelsa State, Bodi Arerebo, on Monday accused Governor Seriake Dickson of embezzling over N15 billion received from donors after the 2012 flood that devastated the State.
After the flood disaster in 2012, philanthropic individuals and organizations, including international donors, gave billions of naira to Bayelsa State for the resettlement of victims and rebuilding of structures, but nothing can be shown for the funds.
Mr. Arerebo expressed concern over the money, which he alleged must have been mismanaged, especially since Dickson has yet to tell the people how the flood fund was spent.
At press conference in Yenagoa, Mr. Arerebo insisted that there was nothing on the ground to show for the donated money. He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the money Governor Dickson received from generous Nigerians and international donors.
In reaction, the Bayelsa State Post Management Committee described the allegation as blatant lies by the APC, asserting that it received only N500 million from the State government as part of a donation from the philanthropic Mike Adenuga Foundation, as well as an additional N35 million for logistics and administrative cost—not the N15 billion Mr. Arerebo described.