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Government Of Bayelsa State Denies Harboring Terrorists In Lagos Building It Owns

Government Of Bayelsa State Denies Harboring Terrorists In Lagos Building It Owns

The

Bayelsa State government has dissociated itself from the nine suspected

terrorists arrested in a building in Lagos which belongs to it.

Government Of Bayelsa State Denies Harboring Terrorists In Lagos Building It Owns

is Bayelsa’s, the Commissioner for Information, Markson Fefegha, denied any

links with the suspected criminals who found the abandoned building a suitable

base for their nefarious activities. He said that further investigation

by security agencies was necessary, and that the government has dispatched a

team of engineers to assess the state of the building.

Confirming today in Yenagoa that the property indeed

revealed on Tuesday revealed that the notorious terrorists operational base

uncovered recently in Lagos belongs to the Bayelsa State Government.

The Ojora of Ijora, Chief Fatai Aromire,

building belongs to Bayelsa state and the governor has directed that the

building be demolished and a more befitting house built and put to use,” he

said. “We await the report of the team sent to assess the situation; no

responsible government can habour terrorists.”

“Our findings show that the abandoned

been at the forefront of the fight against terrorism and other violent crime,

drawing attention to a recently-enacted law which prescribes the death penalty

for convicted kidnappers.

That law, however, has yet to provide deterrence to violent criminals, as two

kidnap incidents have taken place in the State within one week of the enactment

of the legislation.

Fefegha said that the government has

and Afenifere, the Yoruba socio-cultural organization, have called for a full

investigation of the terrorism saga.

Meanwhile, the Arewa Consultative Forum

the Lagos State and the Federal Government to launch a full-scale investigation

into the claim by the traditional ruler to unravel the truth and bring the

culprits to book in view of the psychological warfare that has been waged

against Yorubaland about a possible terror attack for about a year now.

In a statement, Afenifere called on both

been perceived as a threat is assuming a near reality with the discovery of

this terror hideout, adding that the identity of the suspects and what links

they have with the dreaded Boko Haram or army must be ascertained.

According to the group, what has largely

Bayelsa State Government would maintain an abandoned property in Ijora-Badia of

all places in Lagos and did not want to give it out to those interested in

using the place.

Afenifere also wants to know why the

State Government has been approached several times by the community to demolish

the house or give it to people who may use it without any response is very

important at this time,” the statement said. “A satisfactory explanation

would dispel the conspiracy theory that Boko Haram may have become a franchise

under which fifth columnists may be operating to disrupt the peace of

Yorubaland and instigate a national crisis with our land as a possible battle

ground."

“The veracity of claims that the Bayelsa

peace-loving and their land a place where people from all nationalities from

Nigeria are at home without any fear of molestation.

The statement described the Yoruba as

seekers on Tuesday in Yenagoa, Fefegha dismissed the claim that the government

was insensitive to the plight of unemployed youths. The youths were reportedly

arraigned before a magistrate court in Yenagoa, which remanded them in prison

custody.

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