The traditional ruler of Igbomotoru Community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, HRH Aseimiegha Ofongo, has revealed how the alleged killers of an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Sunday Frank-Oputu, kidnapped him and forced him to take an oath to relinquish his throne.
The traditional ruler claimed that he has since gone into hiding as the alleged assailants that killed the APC chieftain at his residence in Yenagoa last week are threatening to kill him and take control over the crude oil rich community in Southern Ijaw Local Government area of Bayelsa State.
HRH Ofongo who spoke to Journalists from his hideout fingered an oil bunkering marchant, [Suspect Name Withheld] from his community, who allegedly bears illegal arms, in the assassination of Mr. Frank-Oputu because he stood by the leadership of Community in their quest to prevent him from using Igbomotoru as a base for his nefarious activities.
The Traditional Ruler further alleged that the said suspect sometime ago kidnapped him, took him into a shrine in the forest where he was forced to take oath at gun point to relinquish the throne.
The traditional ruler explained that he has since relocated outside the state for safety and that others who meant well for the community have equally fled as they are chased away from their homeland and families.
The traditional ruler warned that the assassination of their illustrious son should not be seen as political but internal community crisis insisting that political insinuations will only distract investigators and mislead them from tracking down those who masterminded the dastardly act.
He said that the people of Igbomotoru Community are still in shock and grief over the killing of their son, Mr. Frank-Oputu and urged the state government and security agents to ensure justice is done.
Chief Ofongo alleged that his life and that of some others are under threat from the said suspect and appealed for swift action by Government and security agents.
Meanwhile the Bayelsa State Police Command has confirmed the death of a chieftain of the Bayelsa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Sunday Frank Oputu in Yenagoa.
NAIJA LIVE TV earlier reported that, the APC Chieftain, Frank Oputu was killed by unknown gunmen at his Yenagoa residence in the state capital.
Confirming the incident In a statement by SP Asinim Butswat, Police Public Relations Officer
Bayelsa State Command, the Police revealed that “on 26 April 2022, at about 23:00 hours, gunmen scaled the fence and gained access to the residence of Hon. Frank Oputu located at No. 1 Jonah Road Bay-Bridge, Kpansia, fired several shots at the Honourable through the window of his bedroom and fatally injured him.
“The injured victim was rushed to Federal Medical Center, Yenagoa, where he was confirmed dead. The corpse has been deposited at the mortuary for autopsy.”
According to the statement, the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Ben Nebolisa Okolo fdc, charged officers to intensify efforts to identify and arrest the perpetrators.
He further reassured members of the public of the Command’s resolved at ensuring the culprits are arrested and brought to book.
The Police boss also urged members of the public to remain calm as investigation is ongoing.
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