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Police foil anti-Sylva protest in Bayelsa

By Samuel Oyadongha
YENAGOA—The police in Bayelsa State,  Tuesday,  aborted the planned protest march by the Save Nigeria Group, SNG,  Bayelsa chapter, against Governor Timipre Sylva, over the latter’s alleged under performance.
No fewer than 27 persons were arrested over the alleged unlawful assembly and act capable of disrupting the peace of the state.

The State Police Commissioner, Elder Onouha Udeka, said those arrested were being interrogated and the SNG claim that it received clearance from the Force Headquarters,  Abuja,  was a ruse, adding that the state Command did not approve their application for the protest march. The protest march was sequel to the 14-day ultimatum earlier issued to the state Governor, to explain the alleged diversion of state funds and the failed three years of the administration in the state.

The march  was stopped from proceeding by anti riot policemen,  who stormed the White Eagle Hotel point, earmarked by the group as take-off point.

When Vanguard got to the scene, the policemen led by a Superintendent of Police, were outside the gate, arresting youths in the area suspected to be members of the group.

Few hours later, the armed mobile policemen forced their way into the hotel premises with tear gas thrown into the compound and causing many of the youths to jump over the hotel fence in a bid to escape arrest.

Some of the youths were arrest and taken away to the state command while those that evaded arrest were reported to have sustained serious injuries.

It was gathered that some of members of the group including Mr Ile were reported to have offered to be arrested along with other members.

It was gathered the Legal Adviser of the group had contacted the national leadership of the group on the issue and the Assistant Inspector General of Police in Benin City, Edo State.

A faction of the group had earlier in a radio announcement dissociated themselves from the planned protest being put together by the Mr Ile group, which it described as misplaced and sponsored by some politicians in the state.

The state Coordinator of the SNG, Mr Tony Ile and several youths were stranded within the premises of the White Eagle Hotel with six patrol vehicles of the security operatives outside the locked gate of the Hotel.


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