The Bayelsa State Police Command has charged the Special Representative of the Bayelsa State Governor in Yenagoa Local Government Area, Hon. Obuma Ayaye, to court for allegedly issuing a dud cheque to pay back N2.5million loan secured since 2021.
According to the prosecuting officer of the Police, S.C Njoku, in charge number YMC/82c/2022 before the Magistrate Court 12 in Yenagoa Magisterial district, demanded that Ayaye should be remanded.
Njoku stressed said that it is reasonably suspected to have committed the offence of issuing dud cheques and fraud from July, 2021 to October, 2021.
In her ruling, Magistrate Akata-Micheal Rachael Gwadei however turned down the quest to remand Ayaye because of to his status.
She granted him bail but the police are preparing to file the case at the State High Court.
Briefing newsmen on the development, Mr. Ken Tonkmor, alleged that the accused after he refused to return the loan, was traced to Benin City and arrested by the Police.
He said: “When the accused was director general, Youth Mobilisation during former Governor Dickson’s tenure, he borrowed money and when he finished paying he borrowed another one. And he issued dud cheque and use his salary payment account as collateral.”
Reacting to the development, Ayaye confirmed that he had financial dealings with one Mr. Ken Tonkmor, but denied allegation of issuing dud cheque.
“I have had several financial dealings with Tonkmor but this last one ran into hitches. The bank cheque issued to him is part of a requirement during money lending deals. You issue a cheque once you pay, the check is returned to you. It is not a dud cheque but a promisory note for access to your account.
“I have even discussed the issue with the governor and he has promised to intervene. There are plans to defray the money. But he (Tonkmor) got angry and I reminded him that all other transactions were outside the police.
“All financial dealings I had had with Tonkmor has been based on friendship and the only dispute that can arise is when I deny that we did no not have financial dealings. I am ready to face the charges and tell the judge what transpired,” he narrated.