…it is a lie, says Bayelsa govt
By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa – The Labour Party, LP, in Bayelsa State has accused the state government of arresting and intimidating its supporters with its special security outfit, Operation Famou Tamgbe, on alleged trumped-up charges of arms piling and suspicion of plotting violence in some parts of the state.
But the state government through the Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Strategy, Mr. Nathan Egba, dismissed the claim as untrue, insisting that it was lack of further lies that made the opposition to recycled old accusations and that the party (LP) was at the final throes of death in the state.
The state chairman of the Labour Party, Mr Adou Bobo had said the illegal arrest of one Chief Millionaire and a relation to the former Deputy Governor and senatorial aspirants, Mr Peremobowei Jonah by operatives of Famou Tamgbe over alleged arms piling in Ekeremor Local Government Area was one of the numerous cases of intimidation by the present administration in the state.
Bobo said the arrested Labour Party leaders were detained for 72 hours and that it took the intervention of the former Deputy Governor before their bail were secured.
He said, “it is sad and has proved our earlier belief that the security outfit was set up to do the bidding of the governor against opposition in the state.”
Dismissing the Labour Party claims, Egba said, “Famou Tamgbe is a serious organisation that has greatly helped in reducing criminal activities in the state. It should not be dragged into partisan politics.”