Some stakeholders in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have condemned in strong terms the attack and destruction of the palace of King Alfred Diette-Spiff, the Paramount Ruler of Twon Brass Kingdom by some irate youths.
The youths alongside women and men have been protesting the prolonged power outage in the area and the refusal to pay indigenous contractors by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC).
They are also protesting the neglect and non-compliance of the company’s corporate social responsibility to its host communities.
King Diette-Spiff who was the first military governor of old Rivers State and the Chairman of the Bayelsa State Traditional Rulers Council had attempted to pacify them when they started hauling stones and other objects at him.
The lawmaker representing Brass Constituency 1 in the state house of assembly, Charles Daniel said it was wrong for the youths to have gone to the length of destroying the home of the traditional ruler.
He described the attack as disrespectful, saying “the youths shouldn’t have gone to the extent of vandalizing the home of our paramount ruler”.
On his part, founder of a political group in the area known as the New Face, Robert Desmond condemned the unwarranted attack on the home of the Traditional ruler.
“We condemn the attack on the palace of the King and if the people want to make their grievances known, it must be done in the right way. We should listen and ask question if we are not satisfied. What we are calling for is a better Twon Brass with the right leadership”, he said.
Also speaking, the chairman Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), Brass Clan, Mr Hello Richard, said:
“From our findings, we gathered that the shooting took place when some persons hijacked the protest, and instigated the attack on the palace of HRM, Alfred Diete-Spiff, the Amayanabo of Twon Brass.
“As the apex body representing all Ijaw youths in the clan, we condemn in strong terms the brazen disrespect on the King of Twon Brass. We will not condone an attack on his person from anybody, be it an Ijaw person or foreigner”.