There was palpable tension at the Kalaba community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State over the killing the Paramount ruler, Chief Francis Kolubo, and the Community Development Committee (CDC) Chairman, Samuel Oburo by unknown gunmen.
NAIJA LIVE TV gathered that though the official reasons for the killing has not been made known, the gory killing of the Paramount ruler and the CDC Chairman was attributed to the lingering Chieftaincy dispute and their reported opposition to plans by some crude oil thieves to set up a bunkering camp in the area.
It was gathered that while the deceased Paramount rulers was abducted from his palace on Sunday to an unknown destination where he was dealt several machete blows particularly a deadly cut on the back of his neck close to the spinal cord.
The CDC chairman was dragged out of his house and brutally killed in his backyard.
While a source claimed that the deceased traditional Ruler had been at loggerhead with some prominent indigenes over the move to conduct election that will produce a successor to the thrown due to the rotational agreement after 4years tenure.
NAIJA LIVE TV gathered that all efforts to conduct an election after the Community Election Committee, ELECO had sold forms and screened two persons were frustrated by the deceased monarch. He was also accused to securing a court injunction and a State Government order stopping the election, “it did not go down well with our people.” a source told Leadership”.
NAIJA LIVE TV also learnt that a popular crude oil bunkering merchant, who hails from the community, had mobilized his group to set up an illegal operation of crude oil bunkering camp in the bushes bordering Kalaba and Ikarama community sometime early this year.
It was gathered that, the plan by the crude oil bunkering merchant was fiercely resisted by the deceased monarch and CDC chairman, on the grounds that any attempt to disrupt the activities of Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) would hinder the development of the community.
Our source further hinted that when their initial plan didn’t work, the merchant and his gang began to destroy pipelines in the area in order to secure a surveillance contract from NAOC, which they allegedly secured afterwards.
NAIJA LIVE TV further learnt that, the deceased monarch and CDC chairman allegedly exposed the gang of crude oil thieves and took over the surveillance contract, “When that happened, the gang started planning to kill our monarch and CDC chairman. In the process, a woman overheard them plotting the murder and gave them the information but they laughed it off and did nothing about it.”
“So, on Monday, the community woke up to the story that our paramount ruler has been kidnapped by some gunmen at about 3am in his palace. We were all shocked and confused about what may have led to his abduction.
“That same day the CDC chairman travelled to Yenagoa, the State Capital, to officially report the incident to the Police. While he was there, information came to some members of the community that the gang saw the CDC chairman in Yenagoa while he was reporting the incident to Police and that they have sent some gunmen to lay ambush at his house”.
“When he drove into town, he was informed about this plot and advised not to enter they community but he refused. He said no harm will come to him. As he drove into the community, a popular Pastor stopped him along the road and pleaded with him to take a back road that would lead him out of the community.
“This time he still refused to take the advice. Just as the gang had planned, the moment he got to his house about 7pm, some men armed with guns and manchette came out from hiding and dragged him to his backyard where they murdered him,” our source explained.
NAIJA LIVE TV further gathered that shortly after the killing of the CDC chairman, the killer gang sent message to the community that the monarch has been gruesomely murdered and gave them direction to where they could recover the corpse.
Reacting to the incident, the Project Officer/Head of Niger Delta Resource Centre of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), Morris Alagoa, described the killing as “unfortunate and sad”.
He said “although, I don’t know what prompted this action but that environment used to be peaceful and livable.”
The spokesman of the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident and said the corpse of the Monarch was found at Ikarama community and that the police are investigating the development.
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