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Bayelsa PDP tasks Buhari To investigate Lokpobiri over criminal allegations

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Senator Heineken Lokpobiri

 

By Ebiowei Lawal

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YENAGOA- The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to arrest Senator Heineken Lokpobiri and act on information at their disposal about his complicity in arming criminal elements in Bayelsa.

In a statement singed by its state chairman, Moses Cleopas, said the President and those in charge of security of this nation should not ignore the alarm raised by the  governor about the dangerous activities of the Minister, as doing so because of political affiliation would be a deliberate disservice to the people of the state.

The party further alleged that it has observed with dismay recent criminal activities of the Minister of State for Agriculture in the State, and that they are disturbed that he has remained true to himself as he continues to maintain a sordid reputation linked to the horrors of violence in the State.

The party in the statement said “only recently, the Governor of Bayelsa State, Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson, alerted the President, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, the security community and indeed Nigerians to the dangerous activities of Lopkobiri and other APC chieftains, which without doubt are inimical to peace, security and development of our dear state.

“Ordinarily, Nigerians who are agitated and troubled by the grave allegation would have expected a reassuring response from somebody of the status of a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. However, Lokpobiri’s response has only deepened the worry about the specter of violence being masterminded by him and his cohorts in Bayelsa.

“His defence, at best, cuts the image of a guilty man in desperation to reconcile contradictions with a contrived appearance of innocence!

“In his pitiable response to the governor’s claim that he was behind the heinous activities of a deadly militant, Kareowei, who was fingered for perpetrating heinous activities at the waterways of Ekeremor and some communities Delta State, Lokpobiri denied ever meeting him.

“Obviously prodded by his stained conscience, Lokpobiri lied that the militant leader (Kareowei), even threatened him at Ekeremor by shooting into the river when he (Lokpobiri) visited home in January.

“Rather than face the allegation against him and his failure to exploit the opportunity of his position to improve the lot of Bayelsans, Lokpobiri went further to cast aspersions on the Government where he claimed that efforts had not been made to develop the state.”

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