By Emem Idio
YENAGOA—Bayelsa State Government has called on the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, to produce the soldiers who murdered Government House Photographer, Mr. Reginald Dei, and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, ward leader, Mr. Seidougha Taribi during the Presidential/National Assembly elections in Oweikorogha community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.
Director, Strategic Communications, Governor’s Office, Chief Nathan Egba-Ologo, in a statement yesterday, said that the COAS has a responsibility to redeem the image of the army by ensuring the arrest and trial of the soldiers who murdered Dei and Seidougha in Southern Ijaw on election day.
He said, “The Bayelsa State Government is making a passionate appeal to the Chief Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Buratai, to investigate, identify and prosecute the soldiers who murdered a Government House Photographer, Mr. Dei, and a PDP chieftain, Taribi, on February 23, 2019 in Southern Ijaw.
“Contrary to our initial thinking that the gruesome murder was carried out by armed men in Army uniform, fresh facts have emerged that soldiers of the Nigerian Army killed the photo journalist and his friend in Southern Ijaw.
“The state Publicity Secretary òf the APC, Mr. Doifie Buokoribo, said in a report carried by the Nation Newspaper of March 5, 2019, that an agent of the All Progressives Congress, APC, led the soldiers to the residence of Taribi to kill the deceased during a phantom gun battle.
“We are of the strong view that the Nigerian Army under the leadership of Gen. Buratai has a responsibility to intervene and ensure investigation of this brazen act to redeem the image of the service.”