Bayelsa finance commissioner surrenders to EFCC, detained

Bayelsa Commissioner for Finance, Dr Silva Charles Opuola, who was declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) about a fortnight ago over his alleged indictment in the N2.4 billion scam rocking the state, surrendered himself to the commission on Monday.

Commission’s spokesperson, Mr. Femi Babafemi, confirmed the development, adding that he had been facing interrogation since he turned himself in on Monday morning.

He has also been reportedly detained for possible appearance in court today for the commencement of his trial. 

Opuola came in company with two officials of the state. 

Dr Opuola was declared wanted for failing to honour three invitations sent to him to answer questions concerning allegations of diversion of N2.4billion over which charges had been filed against four officials of the state.

In the charge, Opuola was said to be on the run while the other three had been granted bail.

They were the state Accountant General, Francis Okokuro, Director of Treasury in Government House, Abbot T. Clinton and Director of Finance in the Ministry of Finance Incorporated, Ikobho Anthony Howells. 

A six-count charge of money laundering and criminal conversion of N2.4 Billion belonging to the state was slammed on them.

The accuse persons pleaded not guilty to all the counts.