Youths of Opu-Nembe has dismissed the rumour that soldiers in the orders of Former Minister of Petroleum Resources (state), Chief Timipre Sylva, and Mr. Kojo invaded the kingdom causing civil unrest.

The former Youth President of the kingdom, Mr Theophilus Iruo, debunked the information on Saturday, describing the allegations levelled against Chief Timipre Sylva as false, mischievous and fabricated to score cheap political goals by political opponents, as it does not reflect the true account of what happened in Opu-Nembe kingdom on the night of 23rd June 2023.

Mr Theophilus Iruo explained that Chief Sylva is not in control of the Armed forces, and could not have ordered any military man on any mission, descrining it as ”smear campaign against Sylva” in the state sponsored by desperate individuals aganist the former minister just like the alarm raised earlier by the state APC Chairman, Dr. Dennis Otiotio.

Giving the true account of what transpired in Opu-Nembe which can be verified from the family of the deceased, (Late Chief Nyoun Maddocks Lisbon Otorudigha), Iruo alleged that the Youth President of the community, Mr Ayerite Moses, and his boys approached members of the family demanding a substantial amount of money as security fee, threatening that they would stop the ongoing burial if the illegal levy was not paid.

Iruo said the son of the deceased who is a Major in the Army upon getting wind of the atrocious demand from Ayerite Moses, was infuriated and alerted his military colleagues who were on ground to ensurw a successful burial.


He added that it was the soldiers that traced the youth president and his boys to their hideout who reportedly escaped.

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