The Inter-Party Advisory Council, (IPAC), Bayelsa State chapter, has called on the state government and security agencies in the state to investigate last week’s attack on a PDP rally in the state.
It condemned the attack by political thugs and urged the leadership of political parties in the state to desist from causing unnecessary tension.
The Chairman of IPAC, Mr. Kpodo Brisibe in a statement, charged security agencies in the state to take real action to investigate, arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of the violent act.
Brisibe, who is the State Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) said the move will serve as a deterrent to others ahead of the political period in order to guarantee a safe state for the residents.
He said: “This hooliganism and political thuggery has to stop in Bayelsa State. And my investigations reveal that the people attacked and the attackers are all from the same political party.
“Why will a party encourage hooliganism and destroy properties and threaten lives in the streets of Yenagoa? We don’t accept it and we condemn it in its entirety.
“We therefore advise the government and security agencies to ensure that whoever is responsible, no matter how highly placed they are and no matter the position they hold in the government, they should be brought to book”.
Brisibe noted that if the said party had notified the police of their rally the life-threatening attack would have been avoided.
He asked all party chairmen in the state to caution their members to refrain from all acts of violence.
“I’m advising the government, the party chairmen and everybody involved to ensure that they advise their youths and members not to cause any further trouble in the state.
“It is normal that you must inform the security agencies about whatever you are doing. If the security agencies were informed and they were there, I don’t think these group of hoodlums will attack and maim people.
“It is imperative that whether you are the ruling party or not, that you must obey this rule and ensure you get police permit.
On his part, the Chairman of Accord Party in the state, Werinipre Fisi, condemned a statement by the Police that the incident was a clash, saying it was a deliberate attack.
Fesi urged the police to immediately swing into action and control the illegal possession of firearms in the state.