The Bayelsa State Government House Accountant, Mr. Ritchie Etonye, has denied the claims by some politicians in the state that the sum of $4.6million belonging to the state governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson was missing, saying that it is a deliberate falsehood meant to tarnish the reputation of the state.
According to Etonye, though the police acting on false tip off had invaded his residence with the wrong notion of alleged stock piling of cash, contrary to the claim no money was found in his house.
The Government House Accountant, Mr. Ritchie Etonye, in a clarification statement entitled: “Forceful Invasion of My Home – My Story”, said he has instructed his lawyers to sue the Nigerian Police and an online newspaper, Sahara Reporters for damages.
The statement reads in part: “My name is Ritchie Etonye of Brass Road, Azibiogbolo, Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State. I am a hard working civil servant and currently works with the Governor of Bayelsa State as Government House Accountant.
“My house was invaded and ransacked on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 by a team of policemen numbering 50 and in the process, valuable property worth millions of naira were damaged.
“I was not in Bayelsa when the incident occurred. In fact I travelled out of the state with the governor on official assignment to Akure where my boss, Governor Dickson was the chairman of the PDP Committee that conducted the governorship primaries in Ondo State before leaving for Abuja for an official engagement.”