Terror Gang Besiege Bayelsa As Former Bayelsa speaker, LG chairman, others escape death

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……disarm policeman on duty
All hell was let  loose in Ekeremor today less than 24 hours to the

rescheduled elections in certain constituencies in Bayelsa as suspected

militants  took over the community, unleashing barbaric violence on the

former Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly and chieftain of the

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Rt. Hon. Boyelayefa Debekeme right at

the Governor’s Lodge after disarming the policeman on duty.

Eye witness accounts recounted how  the Chairman of Ekeremor local

government, Hon. Billy Tobiye and the PDP ward agent, Tams Alari as well

as other notable members of the PDP and traditional ruler of Ekeremor, HRH

Agbodo Gbaseimo escaped what was a determined assault clearly aimed at

undermining the elections by intimidating voters and thus thwarting the

will of the people of Bayelsa.
The incident which happened less than 24 hours to the conduct of the

supplementary election in Southern Ijaw local government and 101 units in

the state threw the entire community into pandemonium as the militant

group which moved about in an assured fashion threatened to pull down the

Lodge and other buildings belonging to PDP members in the State.

Brandishing dangerous weapons including guns, machetes and cudgels and

clearly high on drug-infused adrenaline, the invaders unfazed by the

presence of   security operatives,descended on Rt. Hon. Debekeme and

others with machetes and other weapons of war.
Debekeme received  deep machete cuts on his head and other parts of his

body, while Tams Alari and Billy Tobiye were beaten to stupor by the

rampaging militants who claimed to be acting the script of their

master.The  hapless policeman on duty was saved by  soldiers who  came to

his rescue and recovered the arms from the hoodlums. The recovered arms

are still with the soldiers. As the assault proceeded, staff of the

Governor's Lodge scampered for safety and the militants took over the

entire community.
As at the time of filing this report, Rt. Hon. Debekeme is receiving

treatment at a hospital in Torugbene, while Alari and Tobiye are receiving

treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Bomadi, Delta state.

In a related development, the Election DPO for Ekeremor  is  allegedly

ordering and supervising the distribution of election materials in the

absence of the PDP agents. This development contravenes the 2010

Electoral Acts as amended.
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