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