By Kingsley Braide
Some landlords and residents at the Camp Porbeni axis of Agudama in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital have led a protest against the Central Naval Command in the state for allegedly destroying their buildings.
The landlords and residents who first matched to the government house gate in to record their displeasure, described the alleged demolition which took place on Monday (yesterday) as illegal.
Speaking to newsmen, Mr. Akponimi Deinbofa Giza who led the protesters also accused the Bayelsa State Government of not doing enough to protect their interest.
Giza said: “I am a landlord and also a concerned member of this issue.
Rear Admiral Festus Porbeni (rtd) who is also a landlord, sold his land to the Nigeria Navy, our part was not sold, we are landlord separately from Porbeni.
“We bought our lands from land owners the way Porbeni bought his own land from land owners. I cannot access my building now, my wife and children are outside.
“We have gone on a protest to Government House, the Chief Security Officer have addressed us, but his address was lopsided and our houses are been demolished.
“We’re calling on the federal government, well meaning Nigerians and the Bayelsa State Government to come to our aid. This is our land”.
Also speaking, Mr. Asaiye Ebikibina alleged that the Nigerian Navy, Central Naval Command, forcefully demolished their buildings and they are now homeless despite the fact that the committee set-up by the Bayelsa State Government is yet to come up with its report.
“This matter have been going on since. We’ve been to court, we’ve invited the Navy but they refused to come.
“But recently they came and said they have won in the court. Unexpectedly, they have demolished more that ten houses with arms, chasing us and our children and now we’re homeless.
“We’re appealing to the state government to come and help us. We’re out of our houses, nowhere to sleep. We’re calling the Secretary to the State Government on phone, who’s the chairman of the committee but he refused to pick our calls”.
When contacted on the development, the Special Adviser on security to the Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Akpoebi Agberebi who attended to the protesters at the Government House gate stated that the protesting landlord were occupying the place illegally, but maintained that the Navy have been told to stop the demolition until the committee set-up by the government comes up with its report.
“Whatever structures they have there, are illegal structures. The Navy have actually shown that they have title to the lands. It was transferred to them by Porbeni who initially owned the land”, Akpoebi stated.