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Bayelsa: Lokpobiri’s Thugs Attack PDP Youths, a day after Ministerial Appointment


24 hours after his appointment as Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Infrastructure, suspected thugs loyal to Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, on Wednesday attacked PDP supporters in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, signalling what should be expected during the December 5 governorship election in Bayelsa State.

The incident happened at the venue of a rally organised by the youths in support of Governor Seriake Dickson.

The suspected thugs arrived the venue of the event in three double engines speed boats with a threat to shoot and maim anyone that dare challenge them.

Brandishing dangerous weapons including cutlass and cudgels, the suspected thugs called for the stoppage of the rally else they will turn the entire community upside down.

Sensing danger ahead, residents of the communities were forced indoor as the suspected thugs took over the area.

In order to avert bloodbath, the organiser of the rally alerted the security operatives who quickly stormed the arena and brought the situation under control.

It will be recalled that Senator Heineken only last week threatened the people of the area during the commissioning of his party campaign office.

He was alleged to have told the members of the opposition party that he would show them his true colour on his return from Abuja.

Condemning the development in a statement, the Director of Publicity, Restoration Campaign Organization, Hon. Jonathan Obuebite said it was sad to note that after the signing of peace pact by the candidates, APC could still descend to the level of sponsoring thugs to disrupt the PDP organized rally.

The statement, therefore, called on the police to ensure that the culprits are brought to book, and as well put necessary machinery in place to prevent re-occurrence of this act.


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