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Bayelsa denies paying Boyloaf N250m

By Samuel Oyadongha
YENAGOA—Bayelsa State governor, Chief Timipre Sylva, yesterday denied paying N250 million to repentant militant leader, Mr. Ebikabowei Victor Ben, a.k.a Boyloaf, to facilitate his acceptance of theoffer by President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

Boyloaf was among 32 militant leaders led by Sylva last week to meet with the President to officially renounce militant activities and accept the president’s peace bid.

However, a newspaper report had alleged that Boyloaf was induced to accept the peace deal with a payout.

Mr. Ebikabowei Victor Ben, a.k.a Boyloaf,
Mr. Ebikabowei Victor Ben, a.k.a Boyloaf,

Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Doifie Ola, said in a statement that  “Boyloaf was not induced or cajoled. In fact, people with deep understanding of the state of militancy in the Niger Delta know perfectly that payout is not an option. No money was paid to Boyloaf”.

According to Ola, “Governor Sylva is aware of the masquerade behind this malicious allegation. Typically, the government of Bayelsa State would not have bothered about the hot air from this fellow who thinks ruling Bayelsa State is his birthright, and whose stock-in-trade is pulling down every government in the state, from Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha to Sylva.

“But in order for unsuspecting Baylesans and others not to be misled, Chief Sylva hereby states that he never gave money to Boyloaf or any militant to accept the president’s amnesty”.

“The state government has said in no uncertain terms that all stakeholders in the Niger Delta must do everything within their legitimate powers to encourage those who took up arms in the region to drop them because there is no longer need for armed struggle since President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua has taken bold and sincere steps to address the Niger Delta crisis and the measures should be allowed to grow and bear the fruit of peace, which all of us need, and that we would assist truly repentant militants to reintegrate into society”.

Ola attributed the instant success of the President’s peace deal to Governor’s Sylva pro-active initiatives to end militancy and enthrone a regime of sustained peace in Bayelsa State .

The CPS added that as governor, Sylva was interested in securing the peace in Bayelsa State, so he could concentrate on his social and economic development programme.

He described as third class mischief insinuations that Boyloaf and other repentant militants have been recruited by the governor for a so-called 2012 re-election bid.

“It is a wicked, evil and criminal lie. It is dangerous to reduce everything to politics. 2012 is still far away. For now, Governor Sylva is focused on working to promote the material conditions of the good people of Bayelsa State, those who matter the most in his politics” he said.


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