10 February 2014

Nigeria: Police Deny Complicity in Bayelsa Attack

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Yenagoa — Bayelsa State Police Commissioner Hillary Okpara has denied claims that three gun boats were deployed by the police authority for the Saturday morning's attack on the Peremabiri community of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.

It would be recalled that the police had deployed about three gun boats to provide security for an ex- militant leader, Comrade Eris Paul, aka Ogun boss, to travel to his community in Peremabiri. The gun boats and the youths of the community were said to have engaged in a skirmishes which reportedly led to the death of two persons. However, the police commissioner said the deployment of two gun boats to the community was based on a petition written by Comrade Eris Paul claiming that his properties were destroyed in an attack on his family by suspected loyalists of the leadership of the Community Development Committee (CDC).

"It is not true that police attacked the community, how can we be attacking the people we are paid to protect? We were notified that there was a fight in the community and we deployed men to the area. The people may have misunderstood our mission when the team arrived there, we saw them at the water front there and we asked our men to come back to avoid confrontation. We went there to maintain the peace and not to fight anyone, and I have asked my DPO in the area to bring all the factions to my office on Monday so that we can further explore the opportunity of brokering peace," he said.

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