Lokpobiri, Sylva lead APC protest against killing of members in Bayelsa.
· Ndoma-Egba sues for peace in C’River Central
Hundreds of All Progressives Congress (APC) members and supporters took to the streets of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, to protest the alleged killing of party loyalists in the state by the opposition.
Led by the party leader in the state, former Governor Timipre Sylva, and Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, the protesters marched through the major roads of the state capital to the headquarters of the state police command.
Sylva and Lokpobiri, along with thousands of their supporters, commenced the demonstration at the party secretariat, around Kpansia, Yenagoa, through Mbiama-Yenagoa road, culminating at the police headquarters.
Both politicians listed the alleged killing of their loyalists in Brass, Yenagoa and recently in Sagbama, maintaining that the police had failed to bring the culprits to book.
Some hoodlums had at the weekend invaded Tungbari, Sagbama, during an APC rally where a 32-year-old man was killed and several others were injured.
Sylva accused the new police commissioner, Aminu Saleh, of partisanship in his handling of security matters in the state, urging him to protect every citizen.
He said: “We have been watching the scenario where members of our party are being attacked, while we are canvassing for votes. Two of them were killed recently in Nembe and we reported the incidents, but the police are not doing enough.
“We are here to send a strong message to the police high command that the persecution and killing of our members in Bayelsa is not acceptable.”
Lokpobiri urged the Police to be thorough in its investigations of the cases reported by the party, as the faithful were awaiting justice.
But the new CP dismissed the allegations that his command was biased, insisting that the force had been fair to all parties.
Meanwhile, the APC senatorial candidate for Cross River Central, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, has admonished youths from the district to desist from communal wars and embrace peace.
Almost all the seven councils of the district have been ravaged by one communal clash or another resulting in loss of lives and property.
Ndoma-Egba made this call at the weekend in Calabar during a courtesy visit by the Concerned Abi Youths for Peace, a group that has taken it upon itself to sensitize the youths of the communities involved in the crises on the need to sheathe their swords and embrace peace.
The senator, in the company of the director-general of his campaign organization, Dr. Bassey Ibor, thanked the group for its noble efforts and for finding him a worthy partner in their peace efforts.