Elders and traditional Chiefs of Opu-Nembe Kingdom in Nembe Local Government area of Bayelsa State have sent a strong worded protest to President Buhari, the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the Inspector-General of Police and the State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, over allege shielding of the accused killers of the three youths by gunmen in February.

According to the Opu-Nembe elders, despite the fact that the alleged attackers numbering hundred and purportedly hired by one Mr. Kojo Sam, to kill three youths identified as Mr. Bait Agala (m), Miss Queen Kieriseiye (f) and Mr. Inikio Walter (m), the promise of intervention, submission of petition and withdrawal of security surveillance job from the accused have been allegedly thwarted by the Former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva.


The Elders and traditional chiefs of Opu Nembe kingdom led by the Chairman, Opu-Nembe Council of Chiefs, CHIEF (BARR.) EZEKIEL S. T. IKOLI, and his Deputy, CHIEF O. A. BIAMBO, REV. G. O. OTIOTIO, President. ONIU, CHIEF ROBERT JOHNBULL EFERE, Secretary, Opu-Nembe Council of Chiefs, DEPUTY CHIEF A. G. DUO, Secretary, Deputy Chiefs Council, MR, IRUO S. OPUTA, Secretary, ONI and CHIEF FYNE .I. ALLEN (ELECT), Chairman, Opinion Leaders, argued that the Nicodemus and reluctant attitude of Chief Timipre Sylva since he visited the kingdom on the heels of the killings showed he is complicit,”It is pertinent to note that the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Hon. Timipre Sylva came to the Community and, while condemning the attack by Mr. Kojo Sam, promised the Community to stand by it and bring the perpetrators to face the law.”

“Amongst his promises were (1) to submit a petition from the Community to the Inspector General of Police, (2) to withdraw the Tantita Pipeline Surveillance Contract from Mr. Kojo Sam.The Kingdom in trust handed over the petition to the Honourable Minister then, Hon. Timipre Sylva but to the dismay of the Kingdom, the petition did not see the light of day.”

“The Community, after waiting for a long while without any action from the Security Agencies, employed the services of a lawyer to petition the Inspector General of Police which got the IG’s approval.”


According to them, “We must remind our press audience that in our last press briefing, we did inform the press that the perpetrators were being protected by some highly placed personalities and we did promise we would expose them in our next press briefing. Now we can authoritatively state that the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Hon. Timipre Sylva is one of the persons protecting and shielding the police and other security agencies from arresting the perpetrators of the brutal attack on the Kingdom.”

“Now that the Police (IGP’s office) have started action by arresting the perpetrators, the former Minister of Petroleum has shown his true color that he is behind the attack. He is now threatening to use the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Zone 16, Mr. Ben Okolo and the Officer-in-charge of Anti Kidnapping, SP Benson to launch a counter arrest on the citizens of Opu-Nembe who were attacked, killed and maimed.”

“It is also worthy of note that Hon. Timipre Sylva is the de-facto contractor of the Tantita Pipeline Surveillance Contract having Mr. Kojo Sam as the cover contractor. We are not also oblivious to the fact that a former Senator is also behind this attack. Several calls and threats are coming from the aids to Hon. Timipre Sylva; SP Mohammed, Hon. Victor Isaiah, former Chairman, Brass Local Government Council and other close associates of the former Minister.”

“The former Minister, Hon. Timipre Sylva is now re-grooming Mr. Kojo Sam, his hired militants and other militant groups to carry out another attack on the community in a bid to take over the Community to ease his governorship ambition. We have an emphatic security alert that another brutal attack is

“The King, Chiefs and people of the Opu-Nembe Kingdom, as law abiding Citizens, are crying and appealing to the President, General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd), the President (Elect) Senator Bola Tinubu, the Executive Goveror of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, the Inspector General of Police, Chairman, Police Service Commission, National Security Adviser and other relevant Authorities to save the Opu-Nembe Kingdom from the hands of the highly placed individuals who are determined to destroy the peace loving people of Opu-Nembe Kingdom.”

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