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Bayelsa:  Gunmen invade community, murder traditional ruler, CDC chairman

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By Amgbare Ekaunkumor, Yenagoa

 

Gunmen suspected to crude oil thieves have reportedly killed the traditional ruler of Kalaba community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, Francis Kolubo, and her Community Development Committee (CDC) chairman, Samuel Oburo, for allegedly opposing their plot to set up a bunkering camp in the area. According to community sources, the monarch was abducted from his palace on Sunday to an unknown destination where he was murdered, while the CDC chairman was dragged out of his house and brutally killed at his backyard. It was learnt that trouble began when a popular crude oil bunkering marchant who hails from the community mobilized his group to set up crude oil bunkering camp in the bushes bordering Kalaba and Ikarama community sometime early this year. It was learnt that, the plan by the crude oil bunkering marchant was fircely resisted by the deseaced monarch and CDC chairman, on the grounds that any attempt to disrupt the activities of Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) would hinder the development of the community. Our source further hinted that when their initial plan didn’t work, the marchant and his gang began to destroy pipelines in the area in order to secure a surveillance contract from NAOC, which they allegedly secured afterwards. Being aware of the nefarious activities of the marchant and his gang, it was gathered that, the deseaced monarch and CDC chairman allegedly exposed the gang of crude oil thieves and took over the surveillance contract. “When that happened, the gang started planning to kill our monarch and CDC chairman. In the process, a woman overheard them plotting the murder and gave them the information but they laughed it off and did nothing about it. “So, on Monday, the community woke up to the story that our paramount ruler has been kidnapped by some gunmen at about 3am in his palace. We were all shocked and confused about what may have led to his abduction. “That same day the CDC chairman travelled to Yenagoa, the State Capital, to officially report the incident to the Police. While he was there, information came to some members of the community that the gang saw the CDC chairman in Yenagoa while he was reporting the incident to Police and that they have sent some gunmen to lay ambush at his house. “When he drove into town, he was informed about this plot and advised not to enter they community but he refused. He said no harm will come to him. As he drove into the community, a popular Pastor stopped him along the road and pleaded with him to take a back road that would lead him out of the community. “This time he still refused to take the advice. Just as the gang had planned, the moment he got to his house about 7pm, some men armed with guns and matchette came out from hiding and dragged him to his backyard where they murdered him,” our source explained. It was further gathered that shortly after the killing of the CDC chairman, the killer gang sent message to the the community that the monarch has been gruesomely murdered and gave them direction to where they could recover the corpse. However, efforts to get the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Asinim Butswat, to confirm the incident proved abortive, as he didn’t reply text messages sent to his phone number at the time of filing this report. Meanwhile, reacting to the incident, the Project Officer/Head of Niger Delta Resource Centre of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), Morris Alagoa, described the killing as “unfortunate and sad”. He said “although, I don’t know what prompted this action but that environment used to be peaceful and liveable.”

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