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Okpoama gun battle: Sylva sues for peace



By Ebiowei Lawal


YENAGOA-The former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva has called on warring youths of Okpoama  to sheath their swords and embrace peace.

In a statement signed by its media aide, Doifie Buokorubo, the former governor and leader of the APC in Bayelsa State described the incident as unfortunate.

According to him, the youth election  which was expected to be peaceful has brought outbreak of violence in his home community of Okpoama, leading to the death of one person.

The statement read in parts: “In the unfortunate incident that occurred on Sunday, 04 February 2018, over the election of youth executives in the kingdom, lawless elements procured by an interested party shot and maimed some youths.

“As at press time, one youth leader who sustained serious injuries had died. Sylva deplores the violence, describing it as unwarranted, unfortunate and strange to the hitherto peaceful community.

“He condoles with the family of the dead and prays for the quick recovery of the injured. He wonders at the level of desperation that would make some youths to spill blood, the blood of their fellow youths, in order to control the kingdom’s youth body.

“Sylva calls on the leadership of the community to work with the security agencies to ensure that all those involved in this violence are brought to book without delay.

“The former governor reiterates the need for peace in the community, tasking all stakeholders to do everything within their powers to restore lasting order.”



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