Friday, December 4, 2015 9:36 pm
The Special Adviser to the Bayelsa State Governor on Inter-Party Matters, Austin Adigio and three other members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oporoma and Eweama communities of Brass Local Government area of the State today suffered a bloody attack ahead of the election.
Also reports have it that the Deputy Ward Chairman of APC in Ward 1 in Odi Local Government Area of the State, Diseye Dickson, was killed on Wednesday by unidentified gunmen.
It was gathered that Austin Adigio, who served as Personal Assistant to Chief Timipre Sylva and recently decamped to join Gov Seriake Dickson’s administration, was attacked by several armed youths.
Though, other members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the area were attacked with machetes by suspected supporters of the APC, the source claimed the attackers warned those who are not members of the APC to leave the community and forget the election.
The Director of Media and Publicity of the Restoration Campaign Organisation of PDP Jonathan Obuebite, said the attack in Oporoma and Eweama is one among the series of attacks unleashed by the APC against the members of the PDP across the state.
According to Obuebite, “we condemned the attacks on our members in Eweama and Oporoma communities. We call on relevant security agencies to investigate the incident and bring the culprit to book. Nobody has the monopoly of violence. If the APC led Federal Government fails to put a stop to this wanton display of federal might and sheer brigandage and violence being unleashed on us by APC in Bayelsa State, we will be helpless if our members resort to defending themselves. And in that circumstances, the outcome will be too disastrous for the federal government to handle. The Federal Government should be alive to its responsibility. Nobody, no matter his position, abuses his office to support lawlessness.”
However, a community source said the attackers were not of APC but some PDP thugs who were not paid, and in retaliation they attacked their leader, Austin Adigio who is a cousin of Sylva.
Meanwhile, a version of the report claimed that the deceased was shot dead during a shoot out between cops and the gunmen, numbering about eight, in a failed kidnap attempt of Chief Watson Ogoriba, a businessman and older brother of the former member of the House of Representatives, Warman Ogoriba.
Another version within the local government area said, “It was the case of failed kidnap attempt. It is not about PDP or the APC. When the kidnappers arrived the community, the vigilante people alerted the Police in Kaima Divisional Command and they engaged the suspected kidnappers in a shoot-out. The victim may have been caught in a cross fire.”
A member of the House of Representative representing Yenagoa/Kolokuma/Opokuma constituency, Douye Diri, who confirmed the incident, said it was a case of foiled kidnap attempt, “it was not a party conflict.”
But the leadership of the APC in the State through the Sylva/Igiri Campaign Organisation alleged that the killing was carried out by suspected thugs hired by the PDP.
The Director of Media and Publicity of the Sylva/Igiri Campaign Organisation, Chief Nathan Egba, stated that “As at this morning, the corpse of Mr. Dickson, was still lying in a pool of his own blood where he was killed.
“Do note that this is the second killing being carried out by the PDP since the campaigns started. Recall that Mr. Andrew June, a ward chairman of our party in Ekeremor LGA was cut to death. We condemn this act of desperation by the PDP to continually attack and intimidate our supporters.”
When the Bayelsa Police Command, Public Relations Officer, Asinim Butswat, an ASP, was called on his cell phone to react to the report, he did not respond but left a text message: “Please I am in a crucial meeting.”