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Bayelsa bans council of chiefs, youths’ activities over violent attacks

11:51 Sep 14 2023 Bayelsa state

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The Bayelsa state government has banned the activities of the Council of Chiefs and Youths’ Council in Opu-Nembe (Bassambiri) in the Nembe Local Government Area of the state.
The government through a statement issued on Tuesday, September 2, by the Commissioner for Information, Orientation, and Strategy, Ayiba Duba, said the ban, a decision reached after the state Security Council meeting, was taken to restore public peace and order in Opu-Nembe.

Recall that Opu-Nembe has been enmeshed in lingering political violence which has led to killings, destruction of lives and property, and breakdown of law and order.

Duba said the ban became necessary because the current state of affairs in Nembe could not be divorced from unmeasured youth and chiefs’ council activities

The commissioner said: “For the avoidance of doubt, the ban on Youth and Chiefs’ Councils activities is still in force and will continue to subsist until further notice.
The Bayelsa state government has banned the activities of the Council of Chiefs and Youths’ Council in Opu-Nembe (Bassambiri) in the Nembe Local Government Area of the state.
The government through a statement issued on Tuesday, September 2, by the Commissioner for Information, Orientation, and Strategy, Ayiba Duba, said the ban, a decision reached after the state Security Council meeting, was taken to restore public peace and order in Opu-Nembe.

Recall that Opu-Nembe has been enmeshed in lingering political violence which has led to killings, destruction of lives and property, and breakdown of law and order.

Duba said the ban became necessary because the current state of affairs in Nembe could not be divorced from unmeasured youth and chiefs’ council activities

The commissioner said: “For the avoidance of doubt, the ban on Youth and Chiefs’ Councils activities is still in force and will continue to subsist until further notice.
Oil multinationals, corporate organizations, and individuals operating in Opu-Nembe have also been directed to abort any liaison with any group or individuals in the name of Opu-Nembe under any circumstance whatsoever, as such would be considered as a sabotage of government’s efforts at restoring peace and resettling those who were frightened of the community.”
Duba said a joint task force had been set up to instill confidence in residents of Opu-Nembe so that those who ran for their lives could return to their ancestral homes with dignity.

He said the task force would also ensure that the resolutions of the State Security Council are effectively implemented.
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