- Two persons have been arraigned for providing false information about Governor Seriake Dickson’s family
- The accused were said to have alleged that Dickson’s brother was in possession of firearms and narcotics
- They pleaded guilty after their arraignment by the police
Two people who were said to have been supplying the Nigeria police with false information about the family of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson have pleaded guilty after their arraignment by the police.
Sun reports that Francis Babatunde, 30, and John James, 32, were arraigned at the Magistrate Court, Ovom, Yenagoa for false accusation against Moses Oruaze Dickson, younger brother of Governor Dickson.
NAIJ.com gathered that the investigations revealed that Babatunde, a plumber working in the residence of Moses Dickson, conspired with James and one Obiene Matthew, said to be on the run, to inform the Inspector-General of Police monitoring team that Dickson was in possession of firearms and narcotics.
The Police team, acting on the information, had stormed the residence of Moses Dickson at Yenezue-Epie and demanded that they conducted a search on the residence.
It was said that after the search, the Police team found nothing in line with the information they received from the accused. They were therefore arrested for providing false information.
The two accused who were arraigned on two count charges and were being prosecuted by Mr. Matthew Umana from the IGP team.
The first count charge read: "That you Francis Babatunde ‘m’ , John James and one Obiene Matthew now at large on about the 14th Day of September 2017 in the Yenagoa Magisterial District did unlawfully conspire amongst yourselves to cause Mr Moses Oruaze to be charged with offence of unlawful possession of firearms knowing that or not believing him to be in possession of any firearm as alleged and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 99[10  of the Criminal Code Cap 14, Laws of Bayelsa State 2006.
The second count read: “That you, Francis Babatunde ‘m’, John James ‘m’ now at large on the same date and place in the aforesaid Magisterial district did give the Inspector General of Police , a person employed in the public service of Nigeria Police Force information which you knew or believed to be false by stating that Mr Moses Oruaze is in possession of firearms with the intention of causing the said IGP to use his lawful power as a person employed in the Nigeria Police Force to the injury or annoyance of Moses Oruaze by causing him to be arrested and questioned and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 100 [b] of the Criminal Code Cap 14, Laws of Bayelsa State 2006.
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Two accused pleaded guilty to the two-count charge and Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Mirin Johnson, adjourned the case to October 24 for judgment.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration promised to strengthen the whistle-blower policy considering its success in the fight against corruption.
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