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Bomb experts storm Bayelsa, comb Assembly

By Samuel Oyadongha
YENAGOA—MEN of the anti-bomb squad were deployed in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly complex, yesterday, following a bomb scare.

This is coming just as a section of the road leading to the Government House was closed to traffic by armed security men over what a security source described as cautionary measure.

The development came on the heels of Sunday night’s car bomb explosion and discovery of a car loaded with explosives at a hotel allegedly owned by the wife of the state deputy governor.

The anti-bomb squad was led by one Phillip Asiegbe.

Vanguard learnt that the special bomb squad was alerted when police operatives on duty noticed a suspicious vehicle parked in front of the entrance to the assembly complex in the early hours of the day.

Leader of the anti-bomb squad told Vanguard, that the vehicle, a silver-coloured Mazda with Rivers number plate, AJ 17 BNY, raised the curiosity of the security men who alerted the Commissioner of Police.

When Vanguard visited the assembly, officials of the anti-bomb unit were frisking the car with a metal detector. The car was later towed away to the state command.

Other vehicles entering the complex were also searched by the police team.

Confirming the incident, the Commissioner of Police, Elder Onuoha Udeka, said he had to deploy men of the anti bomb unit in the area having been alerted by security men at the assembly.

He said the action was taken because of recent happenings in the state.

Governor Sylva reacts to car bomb

Reacting to the Sunday car explosion, Governor Timipre Sylva, condemned the incident saying it was an attempt to cause a state of insecurity in Yenagoa.

The governor, who spoke at the signing into law of the bill on allowances and fringe benefits for judiciary staff, said his administration had worked hard to restore peace in the state and commended the security operatives for their timely response to the breach.

Sylva who commended the House of Assembly members for not allowing themselves to be used by any group to destabilize the state said: “The act which was actually to introduce insecurity in Bayelsa State is very condemnable. We have worked very hard since we came in as a government to bring peace to Bayelsa State and we do not expect that any member of the society should wish us to go back to those days.

“We are very happy that the police and security operatives took timely charge of the situation. We hope that what some people are planning in Bayelsa State will not come to fruition. There is no way that problems would be solved through all forms of illegal agitations because at the end of the day, people must come to discuss.

“I would like to commend the State House of Assembly for not allowing themselves to be used by any group including myself to destabilize the state. Please, stay resolute in your commitment to the development of our state.”

AC berates Bayelsa PDP

The Action Congress, AC, in Bayelsa State, yesterday, described the allegations and counter allegations between Governor Timipre Sylva and his deputy, Peremobowei Ebebi, as show of shame.

The party said in a statement signed by its Acting chairman, Ebikibina Miriki, that the alleged claim and counter claim of each planning to kill the other has not only posed a serious security threat in the state but was an indication of AC’s earlier position that the ruling PDP has lost focus.

Miriki said the PDP should be held responsible for introducing sophisticated style of terrorism and intimidation in the state ahead of the 2011 general elections.

The party called on the Presidency and Inspector General of Police to wade into the situation as “the state police command has not shown sincerity of purpose in the discharge of its duty.”


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