By Samuel Oyadongha
BYENAGOAâ€” THE Police in Bayelsa State, yesterday, confirmed that the palace of the traditional ruler of Nembe, King Edmund Daukoru, Mingi XII, Amanyanabo of Nembe kingdom has been attacked by unknown armed youths.
The attack came as a surprise to most people given the recent security beef up in the state and the intensification of stop and search operation mounted by men of the Joint Task Force.
Vanguard learnt that the revered palace of the royal father was destroyed in the attack.
Informed sources from Nembe said the armed youths operating in speed boats launched the attack on theÂ palace at about midnight and allegedly carted away the traditional staff of office of the respected monarch.
Royal artifacts including the sacred sword of the kingdom were allegedly taken away during the raid.
The police guards attached to palace were allegedly tied up in the same way those at the residence of the chairman of Federal Inland Waterways Authority were tied up the previous week by gunmen.
Though the motive of the invaders could not be ascertained at press time, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Eguavon Emokpae, said the police were on top of the situation, noting that a team of police officers had been dispatched to Nembe to fish out the perpetrators.
A source who pleaded anonymity told Vanguard that the attack might have been planned by some of the monarchâ€™s subjects believed to have been away from home for sometime.
Penultimate weekend, the maternal uncle of the governor was attacked at Okpoama, fuelling speculations in town that the attack on the former petroleum ministerâ€™s palace might not be unconnected with his alleged closeness to Governor Timipre Sylva.
The governor was a former aide to the royal father when he was petroleum minister.
The monarch could not be reached at press time as one of his aides in Nembe said he had travelled abroad.