The Bayelsa State government has dissociated itself from the nine suspected terrorists arrested in a building in Lagos which belongs to it.
Bayelsa State government has dissociated itself from the nine suspected
terrorists arrested in a building in Lagos which belongs to it.
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
“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
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