Bayelsa Speaker, 18 Others under Investigation for N78 Fraud

Kombowel Benson, Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly and 18 other members are being investigated by the Special Fraud Unit, Ikoyi, Lagos, for alleged involvement in the misappropriation of N78m, public fund.

Speaking on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Ngozi Isintume; the Special Fraud Unit spokesperson said in a statement that petition against the suspects was brought to the unit by an Abuja based group; Transparency and Good Governance Coalition.

“The suspects had allegedly requested the approval of N78m from the state governor to attend the 43rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Africa Regional Conference in South Africa from June 29, 2012 to July 8, 2012.

“Police investigation so far revealed that the speaker, leading other 18 members, including his deputy, with the exception of Omonibeke and three others, allegedly departed Nigeria for South Africa for the conference on July 6 and arrived Johannesburg on July 7, 2012, the day the conference ended,” the statement said.