By Victor Graham
Security agents have arrested a former General Manager of the Bayelsa State Radio Corporation (Radio Bayelsa), Dr. John Idumange in Yenagoa.
He was billed to appear on a live radio programme on Royal FM but was picked up at the entrance of the radio station.
The former university lecturer had on his Facebook page on Wednesday morning disclosed that he will be appearing as a guest on the station and urged an official of the Bayelsa State Government or the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to join him on the programme.
His arrest may not be unconnected to his vitriolic attack on the administration of Governor Douye Diri over the N3 billion Agric loan given to the state by the CBN.
Idumange had insisted that the money was shared among top officials of the Prosperity Administration and went ahead to list some of the high profile beneficiaries.
The loan was an intervention by the CBN to some states to support agriculture and local farmers to boost food production across the country.
According to Idumange, the money was released to the state in March 2020, about a month after the exit of former Governor, Senator Henry Seriake Dickson, saying it is has been a full year already and the impact of the loan is yet to be seen.
But the government has repeatedly denied his claims, describing him as a serial blackmailer and a man who is not at peace with himself.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Chief David Alagoa had said that Idumange was speaking from an uninformed perspective and asked Bayelsans to disregard him.
Gov. Diri had also lambasted Idumange for attempting to cause confusion between him and his predecessor, Senator Dickson and warned that he has failed.
The governor spoke when he received a delegation from the Yenagoa office of the CBN, who came to pay him a courtesy visit.
“We are not dettered by some armed chair critics. I am not here sitting to take credits. I give credit to the former government that started this Agric loan and here we followed it up because government is continuity. And any attempt by Chief John Idumange to bring in my head in collusion with the previous govrnment, you have failed” Diri said.
The CBN had also debunked the allegations through its representative, Mr. Stanley Oruyeigha, saying it was unfounded and a complete misrepresentation of facts.
It is still not clear who ordered Idumange’s arrest and his whereabouts, as none of the security agencies in the state has confirmed having him in their custody.