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Court Rules in Favour Ex-Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Seriake Dickson on Assets Declaration Case

A federal high court, Sitting in Yenagoa, has ruled in favor of former Bayelsa state governor Senator Seriake Dickson on a case over the assets he declared between 2007 and 2020.

Senator Dickson, when he was in the House of Representatives about 15 years ago, had received investment loans from commercial banks through his family business known as the Seriake Dickson Trust Incorporated.

While the mortgage of some of the loans is said to be running, the investments, loans, and liabilities were declared with the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) before he became governor.

Justice Isah Dashien ruled in suit no: FHC/CS/81/2021, filed by the Registered Trustees of the Seriake Dickson Incorporated and Senator Seriake Dickson (the first and second plaintiffs) against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC (the defendant/respondent).

He held that the assets acquired with loans when the former governor was a member of the House of Representatives should not be investigated any further, having been declared before the CCB which issued a certificate of verification for them. The court affirmed an earlier verdict of the Federal High Court which stated that Senator Dickson had complied with all the constitutional requirements of the CCB in asset declaration.

It ruled that by virtue of the judgment and orders of the Federal High Court last year in suit number FHC/YNG//CS/40/2020, the EFCC lacked the powers to open a further investigation into investments made by the Registered Trustees of the Seriake Dickson Trust Incorporated.