- Suspected thugs on Thursday, September 27, reportedly attacked Brass Island in Bayelsa state
- They were said to have shot continuously to scare the people before carrying out the attack
- The caretaker chairman of the Brass local government area, Victor Isaiah; and others have condemned the attack
Pandemonium on Thursday, September 27, rocked Brass Island in Bayelsa state as suspected hoodlums lunched attacks on the secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party in the area and opening fire on security operatives.
It was learnt that the hoodlums led by one Aboye from the neighbouring Rivers state, invaded the community in the early hours of the day. They were said to have shot continuously to scare the people before carrying out the attack.
The Punch reports that the caretaker chairman of the Brass local government area, Victor Isaiah; the deputy speaker, Bayelsa state House of Assembly, Abraham Ingobere; and the senator representing Bayelsa east senatorial district, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, condemned the attacks.
Isaiah condemned the activities of APC chieftains in the area. He accused them of masterminding the crisis rocking Brass Island, especially the killings and maiming of residents in recent times.
According to him, “The APC thugs, armed with AK-47 rifles, invaded the Twon-Brass community in the early hours of today (Thursday) and attacked the PDP secretariat. They launched manhunts for the PDP members in the area.
“The thugs were led by Aboye. The onslaught lasted several hours. During the shootout, the PDP secretariat was attacked, while they opened fire on the security operatives.”
He said the operation was carried out on the orders of some APC leaders who were billed to attend a funeral in Twon Brass this weekend.
The senator representing the area, Murray-Bruce, called on the authorities to invest more in security. He said the police station on Brass Island was in a sorry state.
Murray-Bruce said: “The structure is not befitting. There is the need for the police authorities to invest more in their personnel.
“Mr IG, there is the need for more investment in personnel because of the sensitive nature of their constitutional responsibilities.”
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The deputy speaker, Bayelsa state House of Assembly, Ingobere, called for a thorough investigation into the incident and arrest of the culprits to serve as a deterrent to others.
The APC publicity secretary in Bayelsa state, Doifie Buokoribo, could not be reached for comments as his telephone line did not connect and he had yet to respond to a text message sent to him as of press time.
The spokesman for the state police command, Asinim Butswat, said the incident was a clash between cults, adding that he could not tell if the PDP secretariat was attacked.
Butswat said: “I have not been briefed that police operatives in the area were attacked. I am also not aware that the PDP secretariat was attacked.
“We are investigating the incident to know the cults that were involved in the clash. Also, nobody was injured during the clash.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson, described the recent police raid of the Abuja residence of former federal commissioner for information and south south leader, Chief Edwin Clark, as an attempt to intimidate the Ijaw people.
Dickson on Tuesday, September 11, made this known during his solidarity visit to Clark in his Asokoro home.
The governor, however, commended the elder statesman for his courage and leadership of the Ijaw nation.
Dickson was accompanied by Senator Ben Bruce, former water resources minister, Muktar Shagari, a former Senate chief whip, Senator Stella Omu and a former permanent secretary, Alabo Graham Douglas among others.
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