Bight News reports that, the Governor of Bayelsa State, Henry Seriake Dickson has accused the Federal Government of turning the state into a theatre of war. He stated this on Friday when he paid a condolence visit to the family of the late Reginald Dei, who was killed by soldiers on February 23, 2019 during the last election at Oweikorogha, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area òf Bayelsa State.
Governor Dickson who visited the family alongside other top officials of the Government again, called on the Nigerian Army to fish out the soldiers, who killed Dei and a Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Seidougha Taribi.
A statement made available to newsmen by his Special Adviser on Media Relations, Mr Fidelis Soriwei, quoted the Governor as having said that Dei and the PDP Ward Chairman, Taribi, were brutally gunned down in their hometown, Oweikorogha, without any provocation by APC-supporting killer soldiers during the February 23rd Presidential election.
Governor Dickson, who expressed sadness and pain over what he described as wrongful and willful death, assured the family that the state government would do everything within its reach to ensure that those who murdered the duo were brought to justice.
The Governor again called on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop leaders of the All Progressives Congress in the state from using federal security agencies to harass, maim and kill innocent people under the guise of politics.
His words, “The Federal Government under the APC leadership of President Buhari has turned this state to a theatre of war in every election season. We have managed to live with it since 2015.
“Today, I am here to commiserate with the family of our late Government House Photographer, a young promising man, who is one of the victims of the Federal Government-backed aggression and terrorism in the guise of politics.
“The Federal Government security forces are bent on allowing APC members to carry out all manner of criminal activities and go scot free. Even when they kill people, they set them free. There are a number of them but the security forces don’t even arrest them. Rather they protect them.
“But on our part, we will do our best to ensure that those who did this, don’t go free. At least, we know the APC members who came with the soldiers and pointed Reginald and his brother out to the soldiers as the targets that should be eliminated in that community (Oweikorogha).
“I’ve called on and even formally written to the Nigerian Army Authorities to produce the soldiers who went on that assignment. We will also be interested in knowing on whose orders they were deployed, under whose command they operated and why they took the steps they did.”
He pointed out that the evil trend which started since 2015 when he was seeking re-election had continued to play out in every electioneering season due to Federal Government’s indifference towards addressing it.
Responding to the bereaved family requests, Governor Dickson said government would do its best in supporting them in addition to giving the deceased a befitting burial.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, spokesman of the Dei family, Mr Temple Igonikeme expressed gratitude to the Governor for the visit and his efforts at trying to rescue their son.
He, however, appealed to the state government to assist in taking care of Late Reginald Dei’s wife, Tina, five children and aged father, Chief Epiteiperekumo Dei who were all depending on him for survival.
The Governor was accompanied in the visit by Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Konbowei Benson, a member of the House, Hon Monday Obolo-Bubou, the state PDP Chairman, Mr Moses Cleopas, and its Secretary, Mr Godspower Keku.
Others are the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson, his education counterpart, Hon Jonathan Obuebite, and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Douyi Naingba.