There is rising tension in Ikebiri 1 community of Southern Ijaw Local Government Council Area of Bayelsa State following alleged armed soldiers invasion and forceful installation of the Chairman of the Community Development Community (CDC) , Comrade Abiola Ayakoroama.
The Ikebiri community, which is rich in Oil and gas, is alleged to be heading for bloody confrontation between the faction led by a former Militant, Stephen Ebisinte Livinus and the other seven aspirants forcefully excluded by the armed soldiers.
Leadership gathered yesterday that the soldiers, who were accused to have been hired by the ex-militants, were attached to the Agip Oil pipeline in Azuzuama community, had invaded the venue of a family meeting being held to nominate a candidate for the chairmanship of the CDC and at gun point ordered that the known choice was the Present Youth President of the Community.
While some members of the community reportedly loyal to the installed Abiola Ayakoroama praised the moves by the military to avoid bloodshed, supporters of the Seven aspirants for the position argued that the action of the Military is a violation of the existing democratic processes that had led to the peaceful election of CDC Chairmen and a threat to oil exploration activities in the area.
An aggrieved aspirant, Saint Mienpamo, told leadership yesterday that the action of the hired soldiers have triggered threats of violence and disgust by the youths against elders of the community, particularly, the members of the Electoral Committee, ” the soldiers were hired to invade the meeting venue held at Usaku Wari in Tamakuno compound. They asked those who protested their invasion to kneel and presided over a family meeting declaring that a candidate sponsored by an ex+militant must prevail.These soldiers were led into the community. By two gun boats”
He alleged that some community youths were flogged with horsewhip by the soldiers, ” we call on the military high command to hold the soldiers attached to Azuzuama Oil pipeline route for any breach of peace and violence in the area.”
Meanwhile, Six of the aggrieved aspitants in the Community Development Committee election had on December 14th secured a Court order stopping the processes of the election, citing bias conduct of the Election Committee led by Simon Abraham and Ikiolamote Feubai.
The aggrived aspirants, Miepamo Saint Onitsha, Francis Nimibofa, Talent Orio,Ebikeseiye Orio and Micheal Moses, in a suit numbered OHC/26/17
Filed at the Oporomo High Court sitting in Yenagoa, argued that the zoning of the CDC Chairmanship and the participation of aggrieved aspirants in the screening proceses, ” the refusal of the Electoral committee to release screening result and set date for election is provocative and illegal.”
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