CHINEDU WOSU, Yenagoa
The police in Bayelsa State have dragged two persons before Chief Magistrate’s Court Ovom, for alleged vandalism of Governor Seriake Dickson’s camapign billboards and defacing of his posters.
The suspects – Emereru Jesus, 46, and Godknows Reuben, 50, were arrested by the A-Division of the State Police Command, Yenagoa, on Saturday, November 7, 2015.
The suspects, Emereru is from Delta State, while Reuben hails from Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
The suspects were arraigned on two counts of conspiracy and wilful and unlawful damage of billboards and posters of the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate for December 5 poll, Chief Seriake Dickson.
Emereru and Reuben were arraigned by the Police prosecution under Sections 378 and 445 laws of Bayelsa State, 2006.
When their pleas were taken, the suspects caused stir in the court room, as they veered off from the matter and started speaking out of context.
The Presiding Magistrate, Mrs. Nyingi Utomovie, having observed their demeanours and unstable state of mind, discharged the suspects.
She, however, placed the suspects on a three-year bond and cautioned them to be of good behavior.
Recalled that the PDP had recently raised the alarm over alleged destruction of its campaign billboards and poll fliers across the state by suspected members of the opposition and therefore called on the security agencies to apprehend rascals behind the acts.
The Bayelsa State Restoration Campaign Organisation had in a statement by its Director of Publicity, Jonathan Obuebite, said the call became imperative in order to avoid political clash in the state.
According to him, most of the billboards erected by the ruling party in the state have been defaced while many were damaged outright by people suspected to be members of the opposition.
“Over 70 per cent of our billboards in some communities in the state, to be precise, Kpansia, Agudama, Ovom and Igbogene have been defaced by the suspected members of the opposition. He said
“This development lends credence to our position that opposition is not ready for the contest, rather its members are looking for means to provoke us, so that there will be crisis in the state.”