The lawmaker representing Nembe-Brass Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Hon. Israel Sunny-Goli, has denied reports on social media that he was attacked by suspected hoodlums.
Sunny-Goli, was alleged to have been attacked on Wednesday when he visited the Santa Barbara oil field operated by Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Company (AEEPCo), in Nembe Local Government Area in company of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva and others.
According to reports, some youths had approached the lawmaker to give them money but he refused which infuriated them and they pounced on him, tearing his clothes to pieces.
But Sunny-Goli in a statement on Thursday, denied the report, saying what is being peddled on social media was far from what transpired.
He explained that “I wasn’t attacked as rumoured. It was just a minor incident with some miscreants, who succeeded in snatching a bag out of my hand, which they wrongly assumed was stuffed with cash.
“It turned out, that the bag in question wasn’t mine, but that of HRM King Biobelemoye Josaiah Ogbodo VIII, Amayanabo of Opu-Nembe, which I was carrying for him. The snatched bag only contained some documents, ATM cards and some petty cash belonging to the King and not stuffed with cash as presumed by the miscreants”.
The lawmaker informed that those behind the incident have been identified, apprehended and all the items lost in the course of the melee, have been recovered.
He appreciated all those who have reached out to him upon hearing the incident, assuring that there is nothing to worry about.
“I therefore call for calm, as there’s absolutely nothing to worry about. No harm befell me in the course of the scuffle with the miscreants. Once again, I thank you profoundly for your concerns”, he said.
On the oil spill, Sunny-Goli reiterated his
call on Aiteo to as a matter of urgency, intensify its effort to bring the situation under control and deploy sufficient containment booms to drastically minimise the impact of the spill on the environment.