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Bayelsa poll: Suspected thugs in army, police uniforms destory 20 PDP boats


YENAGOA (Sundiata Post) – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State on Wednesday condemned the action of the All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman, Chief Tiwe Oruminighe, who allegedly used thugs in army and police uniforms to destroy boats hired by PDP supporters in Southern Ijaw area of the state.
Director of Publicity of the Restoration Campaign Organisation, Jonathan Obuebite, who made the allegation in a statement, said not only were the boats destroyed, the thugs also carted away their engines.
He said the PDP supporters had hired the boats to take them home to vote in their various localities ahead of the Saturday election.
He stated that the incident took place at the Yenagoa waterside on Tuesday morning, involving about 20 boats when the thugs emerged from nowhere and descended on their victims, manhandled them and then destroyed the boats with the engines also removed.
Obuebite claimed that Oruminighe, who also hails from Southern Ijaw, was spotted in company of about 15 men in army uniforms and about 10 other thugs dressed in mobile police uniforms when they stormed the waterside shooting sporadically and forcefully seized the boats.
He said investigation by the PDP revealed that the thugs were hired by the APC chairman, who also gave them army and police uniforms to carry out the attack.
“By this morning (Wednesday) some of the boats were found floating in the middle of the river badly damaged and their engines taken away”, he stated.
He gave the name of the leader of the hired thugs as Ekpe Ekpe (a.k.a Trigger), alleged to be leading a dangerous killer squad brought in from Cross River State, home state of APC candidate, Timipre sylva’s wife.
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He accused the gang of being in possession of arms and ammunition as well as army and police uniforms to be distributed to other members of the gang both already in town and those still being expected to carry our terror on election day.
Obuebite has therefore called on the relevant security agencies to investigate the incident and bring the culprits to book.
He stressed that the APC should not be deluded that it has monopoly of violence, noting that APC leadership in the state has been doing everything to provoke PDP members but its members had so far restrained themselves from any retaliation in the interest of peace and stability in the state.

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