- The Bayelsa state police command sent a letter to Governor Seriake Dickson warning him of the possible breach of security
- The police warned the governor following the refusal of the state House of Assembly to swear-in three elected opposition members
- The aggrieved opposition members asked for permission from the police to stage a mega rally at the Assembly
The Bayelsa state police command has sent a letter to Governor Seriake Dickson warning him of the possible breach of security in the state.
Following the refusal of the state House of Assembly to swear-in three elected opposition members, the police warned the governor of the consequences.
The Punch reports that the letter, which was dated April 11, 2016, and signed by Peter Ogunyanwo, the commissioner of the police, was made available to journalists in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, on Thursday, April 14.
“The members-elect, Alfred Belemote (All Progressives Grand Alliance, Brass2), Gabriel Ogbara, (Africa Democratic Congress, Ogbia 2) and Gibson Munalayefa (Labour Party, Ogbia 2) said they were successful candidates in the state of House of Assembly election held on June 6, 2015 but the leadership of the Assembly has refused to swear them into office for normal legislative duties.
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“The trio also alleged that one Kombowei Benson of the Peoples Democratic Party, whose election was just conducted on March 11, 2016, was sworn in immediately after winning election, whereas the same House has continuously denied them this right since 2015.
“In view of the aforesaid development, the Bayelsa police command is appealing to your Excellency to prevail on the speaker and the entire leadership of the state House of Assembly to swear in the three honourable members in the interest of peace and justice.
“This is to prevent fresh security threat to the existing ones in Bayelsa state. It will also act as a demonstration and confirmation of your Excellency’s large and accommodating heart,” the letter read in part.
The aggrieved opposition members asked for permission from the police to stage a mega rally at the Assembly over the refusal of the House to swear them in as it was directed by the Court of Appeal siting in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, over two months ago.
Meanwhile, a group of former elected and appointed political office holders known as Bayelsa First Initiative blasted Dickson and Benson over failure to swear in the lawmakers elected on the platform of opposition parties.
The group wrote a letter addressed to the leadership of the National Assembly and the attorney-general of the federation, calling on them to stop the impunity.