Elders and Youths of Twon Brass Island in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, under the aegis of the Concerned People of Twon Brass (CPTB), have described as “false and misleading”, claims that last month’s protests staged by women and youths against the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NOAC) over blackout was sponsored against individuals.
According to the elders and youths, though the attack on King Diete- Spiff and the palace is condemnable and regrettable, the group would not subscribe to allegations that the protest was sponsored.
The paramount ruler of Twon Brass, King Alfred Diete- Spiff had, in a recent interview, narrated how thugs were allegedly instigated by some unnamed politicians and sub-contractors to the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) to stage a violent protest, attack him and vandalise his property.
But the group, Concerned People of Twon Brass (CPTB),in a communiqué signed by Comrade Fred Charles and Fieye Sam-Ateki , pointed out that, “Twon Brass is the host community of Brass Agip Terminal, but the community has nothing to show for it because Agip has sadly not lived up to expectation.
“The allegations are baseless, misleading and intended to divert attention of the public. No politician or subcontractor sponsored the recent protest in Twon Brass. The people have long been frustrated and were pushed to the wall by NAOC’s recent insensitivity to their plight, especially the over two- month’s blackout and non-payment of contract workers from the community after several pleas.”