The Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral John Jonah has offered reasons why curfew was slammed on Twon Brass in Brass Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State following last week violence in the area which resulted in the killing of two persons.
The curfew, which was imposed by the caretaker Chairman, Hon.Victor Isiah, takes effect from 9pm to 6am was to rein in some rampaging hoodlums in the area which violent conduct led to the lost of lives and destruction of property in the area valued at millions of naira.
The state deputy governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John-Jonah (rtd) Saturday in Yenagoa at a news conference said the curfew was imposed to avoid further violence and urged the people to remain law abiding, as according to him, the state government will take all necessary lawful measures towards maintaining peace, law and order in the area. ”
He said: “it has come to the knowledge of the state government that on Wednesday 15th August, some hoodlums at Ada-Ama Square, Twon Brass attacked peace loving members of the community with knives, guns and other dangerous weapons and injuring several persons and destroying property vauled several millions of naira.
“The said persons kept the entire Twon Brass community under siege for several days and perpetrated mindless violence in the community. Security personnel eventually arrested some of the hoodlums with guns and other dangerous weapons along with very substantial sums of money. Men of the Nigerian Police only succeeded in bringing the situation under control on Wednesday 22nd August.
“The state government is greatly dismayed that Twon Brass which is a major oil exporting terminal in the country is recently being used by non state actors as a hub for criminal activities with its attendant adverse effect on the economy not only of the state but the entire country.
“The government has consequently imposed curfew in Twon Brass from 9pm to 6am. All residents are expected to comply with the curfew, which will be lifted as soon as normalcy is restored.”
He added, “reports reaching the state government indicate that the said violence and mayhem were sponsored by some highly placed individuals for political purposes.
“Accordingly, the state government has directed the law enforcement agencies to carry out thorough investigation into the activities of the said hoodlums and ensure the prosecution of all persons that may be found culpable, no matter how highly placed.”
While appealing to the youths not to allow themselves to be used by those who do not mean well for them, he said, “if there are grievances pass them through the normal channel, government will look into them. If Bayelsa is not peaceful we are all losers. We want to live in peace and let us contribute our quota to ensure that our state is peaceful to attract investors and development.”
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