September 23, 2013

Youths attack Bayelsa Regent, chiefs over kingship tussle

By Samuel  Oyadongha
Yenagoa— The succession crisis rocking the oil rich coastal town of Agrisaba in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, has taken a new twist following the alleged invasion and attack on the palace of the Regent, Chief Sampson Awudul, by armed youths from outside the community.

The attack, which was reportedly launched penultimate Friday, during a meeting of the traditional heads of the community to elect a new king for the community, allegedly led to the beating up of some prominent chiefs of the community, including Chief Dennis Odoni and Chief William Ginah.

Some community sources claimed that the attack was allegedly sponsored by some prominent indigenes of the community in the corridors of power in the state.

Others claimed that the attack was carried out by youths, clad in military and police uniform, allegedly in the presence of the men of the Joint Task Force, codenamed Operation Pulo Shield and the Nembe Divisional Base of the Nigerian Police.

The embattled Regent and Chairman, Chiefs’ Council of the Agrisaba community, Chief Sampson Awudul, in a statement in Yenagoa, alleged that the attack was sponsored by people, who used their proximity to power in the state to harass and intimidate the chiefs and the youths leadership in their quest to foist a new leadership on the community.