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Condemnations trail Yenagoa explosions

By Samuel Oyadongha
YENAGOA—THERE were widespread condemnations, yesterday, over the Wednesday night explosions that rocked parts of Yenagoa, with the state government blaming the spate of explosions on some politicians who were bent on getting the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the area.

However, the Civil Liberties Organization, CLO, Dream Bayelsa and the Action Congress, have tasked the government and police authorities to prevent the escalating tension in the state from degenerating into anarchy.

The state government through the Overseer, Ministry of Information, Communication and Strategy, Mr. Nathan Egba, described the claim by some politicians that the governor handed members of the House N50m each for the impeachment of the deputy governor as “inconceivable” and “condemnable” stressing that the state governor was monitoring the situation in the House.

A statement issued in Yenagoa by Mr. Nathan Egba, said the state government was concerned over the bomb blasts and accused security agencies of being aware of a plot to make the state ungovernable.

The statement said: “It has become the pattern of aggrieved politicians to resort to the use of firearms to settle political scores. The worrisome trend is part of a well orchestrated plan by those who had, several times in public, voiced their malicious intentions to cause mayhem and make the state ungovernable.

State of emergency

“Government is aware that their ultimate goal is for a state of emergency to be declared by the Federal Government, but this administration has the political will to deal decisively with the situation. The administration of Chief Timipre Sylva will not accept the spilling of innocent blood for whatever reason and perpetrators of the ugly act should desist forthwith.

“We urge the people of the state not to allow the unwholesome act to prevent them from participating in the attainment of the broader goals of building a dream state of the founding fathers.”

On the alleged involvement of the governor in the plot to oust the deputy governor, Nathan in a separate statement, said though the state government was closely monitoring the matter at the State House of Assembly, the claim that N50m was handed to each members of the House by the state Governor for the impeachment of the Deputy Governor was “inconceivable” and “condemnable.”

Noting that the government was aware of the rumour and insinuations from various quarters, the overseer said the action of members of the House of Assembly against the Deputy Governor was an exclusive reserve of the state legislators.

He said: “Government will not interfere. We urge, therefore, that the people of the state should go about their normal businesses without fear of molestation. We wish to condemn all those involved in the peddling of the allegation that money was spent to induce members of the State House of Assembly into initiating the impeachment of the State Deputy Governor.

“For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to make it clear that the state government has been struggling to meet its various financial obligations in recent times due to the dwindling resources. It is, therefore, inconceivable for the state government to use what is available for any purpose other than the welfare of the people and the development of the state.”

Also reacting to the mounting tension, Comrade Amaebi Clarkson, Chairman of Dream Bayelsa, a pressure group based in Yenagoa, berated the state government and the police authorities over their inability to guarantee security in Yenagoa.

Secretary of the Civil Liberties Organization, CLO, in the state, Mr. Alagoa Morris, lamented the deteriorating security in the state, noting: “The CLO is really uncomfortable with the security situation in Bayelsa State. Not long ago, there was an explosion around the NUJ Press Centre. This was preceded by another at the filling station associated with the deputy governor.

“Today we hear of police stopping a protest against the governor, and impeachment notice to the deputy governor and explosions rocking the state capital. The governor and his deputy should be investigated on all of the above. The CLO had earlier in the year demanded an apology from the duo for embarrassing Bayelsans. They are yet to do so.

These two persons are not more than the entire state. Since the governor who is supposed to be chief security officer of the state is saying his life is not safe, how will the ordinary man be?”


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