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Sylva’s aide, CP accused of disobeying court order

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—The Special Adviser to Bayelsa State governor on Security Matters, Chief Perekeme Richard Kpodo, and the state Commissioner of Police, Elder Onuoha Udeka, were weekend accused of disobeying a Federal High Court order stopping the arrest and detention of two women, aged 70 and 72, over land dispute.

Justice Olayinka Faji of the Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa had a fortnight ago, granted the prayers of the two septuagenarians, Mrs. Ayapuapere Kendabie, aged 72, and Mrs. Apinaere Sebebe, aged 70, leave to enforce their fundamental right, to personal liberty and declare their arrest by the police on the order of the aide to the governor as illegal and unconstitutional.

Justice Faji also granted an order of perpetual injunction restraining the police and the aide to the governor from further arrest and intimidation of the women.

However, counsel to the two septuagenarians, Mr. Atimapre Agolomo, weekend, accused the Commissioner of Police and the aide to the governor of disobeying the Federal High Court order with the re-arrest of the women and their arraignment before a Magistrate Court sitting in Sagbama local government area of the state.

“The aide to the governor, who shares a common boundary with our clients at Trofani community is using his vantage position to forcefully take a parcel of land belonging to the family of our clients to build his boys quarters,” Mr. Agolomo said.

Efforts to contact the state Commissioner of Police on the development failed as he was said to be out of town by an aide.

But the governor’s aide, Chief Prekeme Richard Kpodor, when contacted over the development on phone, dismissed the claim, saying those involved in the court cases are “unserious”.


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