Authorities of the Bayelsa State Police Command yesterday confirmed the arrest of Barrister Jonah Okah, the former speech writer to the former governor, Chief Timipre Sylva over alleged fictitious posting on Facebook.
Barr.Okah, who was arrested on Wednesday, was accused of posting alleged fictitious comments on Facebook claiming to have had a conversation with the government house accountant, Richard Etonye confirming the loss of $4.6million purportedly belonging to the state governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson at the State Government House.
Confirming the arrest of Barr. Jonah Okah, the spokesman of the State Police Command, AsiminButswat, said the arrest was based on the petition filed by the government house accountant, Richard Etonye accusing him of criminal defamation.
In the petition dated 30th of August, 2016 and filed by Richard Etonye, Barr. Okah was accused of making a false allegation against him which he also publicised on his Facebook account, Okah claimed that he had discussed with Richard on phone and that he confessed to have absconded with the sum of $4.6 million belonging to the state government.”
“He neither discussed with Okah as claimed nor absconded with any money belonging to Bayelsa State Government. I was with the state governor, Seriake Dickson, at the time of Okah’s false allegation and I had travelled with my boss to Akure in Ondo State where the governor was the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party governorship primary election.”
“No conversation took place between Mr Jonah and myself. The whole story (allegation) is a figment of the author’s imagination, deliberately crafted to maliciously defame my person, character and ridicule my office”, he stated.
Etonye, who expressed dismay over Okah’s conduct, had therefore petitioned the police to invite and interrogate Okah to prove his allegations as he also threatened litigation to defend his hard earned reputation.