Despite the intervention of the Amayanabo of Twon Brass in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, King Alfred Diete-Spiff, the people of the community have continued their protest over the lingering power outage in the area.
The people shunned entreaties from the monarch, alleging that he was complicit in several efforts by Agip to short change them, adding that they no longer have confidence in his representation in talks with the oil firm.
King Diete-Spiff had addressed the protesters and urged them to disperse and leave the premises of Agip while discussions with the oil firm to resolve the dispute continues in Port Harcourt.
But the aggrieved members of the community who had blocked access to the oil firm’s office resisted the appeal and became even more restive, hauling missiles at the traditional ruler who was immediately whisked away to
Okpoama, a neighbouring community to avert violence.
The Youth President of Twon Brass, Edward Edison, said the monarch had to leave the community in a hurry to avert escalation of the situation as the people vowed to remain in the premises of Agip until power was restored.
It was learnt that the mega protest had disrupted activities at the oil firm’s office premises located on Brass Island, near the Atlantic coastline.
Chairman Twon Brass Community Development Committee (CDC), Chief Benjamin Obuala, said the people will continue to remain peaceful in carrying out their grievances over the power outage which had persisted for over two months.
Meanwhile the angry protesters have destroyed the palace of the traditional ruler, leaving it in complete ruins.