Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Pastor Beinmo Jonah,injured brother of the the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State at the Bayelsa Government House Clinic
Barely few hours to the supplementary governorship election in some constituencies in Bayelsa State, all hell was let loose in Ekeremor Friday as suspected militants took over the community, unleashing violence on the former Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Rt. Hon. Boyelayefa Debekeme right at the Governor’s Lodge after disarming the policeman on duty.
Eye witness accounts recounted how the Chairman of Ekeremor Local Government, Billy Tobiye and the PDP ward agent, Tams Alari, as well as other notable members of the PDP and traditional ruler of Ekeremor, HRH Agbodo Gbaseimo escaped what was a determined assault clearly aimed at undermining the elections by intimidating voters and thus thwarting the will of the people of Bayelsa.
According the account, the incident threw the entire community into pandemonium as the militant group which moved about in an assured fashion, threatened to pull down the Lodge and other buildings belonging to PDP members in the state.
“Brandishing weapons including guns, machetes and cudgels and clearly high on drug-infused adrenaline, the invaders unfazed by the presence of security operatives, descended on Rt. Hon. Debekeme and others with machetes and other weapons of war.
“Debekeme received deep machete cuts on his head and other parts of his body, while Tams Alari and Billy Tobiye were beaten to stupor by the rampaging militants who claimed to be acting the script of their master.”
According to the eyewitness account, “the hapless policeman on duty was saved by soldiers who came to his rescue and recovered the arms from the hoodlums. The recovered arms are still with the soldiers. As the assault proceeded, staff …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper