The Bayelsa State Commissioner for Education, Hon. Gentle Emelah, has denied having an affair with his confidential secretary as reported on social media by her estranged husband, Imomoemi Otutu.
Otutu, had claimed that the Commissioner rented an apartment for his wife, where they have been secretly meeting, adding that his wife filed for divorce because of the money she enjoys from Emelah.
However, Emelah, a two time lawmaker, denied the allegation, saying it was cheap blackmail by a desperate, frustrated and drowning man.
In a statement by his media aide, Mr. Onisoman kos-Ikah, Emelah, vowed to take necessary and appropriate action against Otutu.
“The attention of the Commissioner for Education, Bayelsa State, Hon. Dr. Emelah Gentle, has been drawn to a malicious, devilish, defamatory and rather abusive post in the social media by one “Imomoemi Otutu” accusing him of immodest behaviour with the estranged wife of one certain man.
“The Honourable Commissioner considers the said post a rather uncouth attempt at blackmail and has opted to explore every lawful means to ensure that he clears his name and secures necessary sanctions for those involved.
“I wish to place on record that the blackmail by Imomoemi Otutu, by one former Rector of the International Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (IITH) in the past administration may not be unconnected with his unsuccessful attempt to lobby the Honourable Commissioner for reappointment to head the Institute, a decision the Commissioner is not in a position to make.
“The Honourable Commissioner is aware that Imomoemi Otutu has deleted the said offensive post and also deactivated his facebook account, out of realization and fear that he may have taken the wrong step.
“Let it be known that the said man alleged to be crying out has at several times expressed sadness and frustration that his inability to take financial responsibility of his home following his loss of job, which has affected his state of mind, fractured the once cordial and peaceful relationship with his wife and made her disrespectful.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Commissioner does not have any amorous relationship with the said man’s wife other than that she is a staff in his Ministry”, the statement said.