For allegedly refusing to provide security and thereby creating the environment for the destruction of life and property during the last lap of the Bayelsa governorship election in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, the Federal Government may now have a day in court to explain the lapse.
A civil society group in the state, Wake Up Bayelsa, said it has concluded plans to drag the federal government to court to account for the murder, arson and insecurity that attended the election after due warning and report on activities of armed militants in the state was submitted prior to the election.
The group’s position was contained in a press statement signed by its director of Media and Publicity, Comrade Timi John, and made available to journalists in Yenagoa.
According to the statement, Federal Government failed, or refused, to act to prevent the loss of lives during the election by ignoring early warnings on activities of armed militants in the state.
The group accused the Federal Government of creating the enabling environment for the killing of innocent civilians by refusing to arrest the militants before, during and after the election.
It alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari and the security agencies received petitions and intelligence on the deadly activities of the militant leaders.
“Prominent Bayelsans and traditional rulers wrote formal petitions to President Buhari and the security agencies, particularly the Inspector General of Police, the Director of State Security, on the activities of these deadly militants but the federal government looked the other way; rather they gave the militants cover by providing them with security protection may be because the president wants Bayelsa to be ruled by his party, All Progressives Congress (APC).
“We have copies of these petitions. In deed when the Bayelsa State Police Command invited the militants for a meeting before the supplementary election, the two APC militants, Africanus Ukparasia, fondly called General Africa, and Eris Paul, popularly known as Ogunboss, shunned the police clearly because they are above the law.
“Ex-militant leaders sympathetic to PDP like Joshua Mackever and Pastor Reuben honoured police invitation. As we speak, Ogunboss and Africa, still work around as free men in Southern Ijaw while some people have been killed and many critically injured, including the traditional ruler of Ogunboss’s Peremabri Community, HRH Promise Never Die”, the group stated.
It further accused APC of using deadly militants loyal to it to mastermind the attacks and killing of innocent Bayelsans in the bid to capture Bayelsa State.
Meanwhile, the group commended Governor Seriake Dickson for cancelling his victory celebration in honour of the victims.
According to the group, “by this singular act of the governor, he has shown that he is a politician of conviction; a politician of conscience and not of convenience”.
While describing Dickson as a core democrat, the group said it believes his re-election has rejuvenated PDP and saved the country from becoming a one party state.
It said that a one party state will lead to full blown dictatorship which may spell doom for the country’s democracy adding that the retention of the governor at Creek Haven will help consolidate the development, prosperity, peace and security in Bayelsa State and Niger Delta.
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