On Saturday, January 28, news broke that a South-South governor hid $10 million bailout fund with a mistress who in return absconded with the money.
In a statement released by the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah on behalf of the government, the state government stressed that the public should disregard the report, Nigeria Bulletin reports.
The statement said: “We are appalled by the attempt to link Governor Okowa with the story by online media. We find it ridiculously tasteless and mischievous. This can only be part of the unrelenting campaign of calumny and the ceaseless peddling of pernicious propaganda against the person and the office of the Delta State Governor.
“For the record, the state government has several times in the past given account of how the bailout the state got from the Federal Government was used. We will not repeat ourselves here.
“Governor Okowa is a responsible family man and a well respected public figure.”
Meanwhile, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Godwin Emefiele and the accountant-general of the federation Ahmed Idris face being arrested by security agencies over oil licenses.
The House of Representatives has threatened to issue a warrant of arrest for the two government officials over the sale of Oil Prospecting Licenses (OPLs) and Oil Mining Leases OMLs to some international oil companies.
The threat was issued by chairman of the House Ad-hoc committee on OPLs/OMLs Honourable Gideon Gwani (PDP-Kaduna) while briefing newsmen on Friday, January 27 in Abuja.