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19 protesting ex-militants in Police net

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—The Police in Bayelsa State have arrested about nineteen persons suspected to be repentant militants for allegedly disturbing the peace of Sagbama in the Sagbama local government area of the state.

The irate youths reportedly took to the streets of the serene riverine settlement, Sunday night, over alleged short payment of their allowances.

According to sources, the protesters forced their ways into restaurants in the community where they helped themselves to free food and assorted drinks.

The ex-militants, it was further learnt, did not  stop there but went on to vandalize property of other law abiding citizens, such as motorcycles and vehicles while also inflicting injuries on passers by.

It was learnt that residents and indigenes of Sagbama had to mobilize to counter the unruly conduct of the ex-militants and succeeded in apprehending about 19 of them whom they handed over to the police at the council headquarters.

Contacted on telephone, Bayelsa State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Thaddeus Nkoko, confirmed the incident but said in order not to jeopardize the Federal Government’s good intention of the amnesty programme, the ex-militants may be released in a matter of time.

Meanwhile, the primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party for chairmanship aspirants into local government councils is expected to hold in all the eight local government areas of the state today.

At least 70 aspirants have been screened by the party for the eight constitutionally recognized chairmanship slots ahead of the primaries scheduled to hold today in all the local government areas headquarter across the state.

21 of the 70 screened aspirants are, however, vying for the chairmanship seat of Ekeremor local government, while 16 aspirants are for Southern Ijaw .

The remaining figures were shared among other six local governments.


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