There is palpable tension in Opu-Nembe in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State following the alleged abduction of two youths, Allison A. Allison and Suoyo Nathaniel by some gun-wielding men.
Allison and Nathaniel were on their way to Nembe from Yenagoa, the state capital, where they had gone to buy food items but were doubled-crossed at a neighbouring community alledgedly by an ex-militant leader, “General” Kojo Sam.
According to the youth president of the community, Ayerite Moses, the abducted youths were in a commercial vehicle with other passengers before they were stopped and whisked away to an unknown destination by Kojo Sam and some of his personal security aides and bodyguards.
He said: “Today (Monday), two of our brothers, Allison A. Allison and Suoyo Nathaniel were on their way back from Yenagoa where they went to buy food stuff but when they got to Kolo, a community in Ogbia Local Government Area, they were overran by two vehicles.
“The people from the two vehicles including Kojo Sam and his boys with his Civil Defence Security aides asked all of them in the passenger vehicle to come out and they tied Allison and Suoyo, put them in the boot of one of their cars and left and as we speak we have not heard anything from them or know there whereabouts”.
Ayerite who led a peaceful protest around the community with placards of various inscripcións, called on the state Governor, Senator Douye Diri and security agencies to locate the missing youths and secure their release in good and sound health.
The youth president also appealed to the governor and the security agencies to tell Kojo Sam to remove his house boat from the community, noting that they don’t need it because it is a threat to them.
He also denied claims by the ex-militant that the youths attacked his house in the community, destroyed everything and burnt it down, saying the allegation is not true and only aimed at diverting the attention of the current and true situation of things in the area.
Addressing the protesting youths, the heads of the various security agencies in the community lauded them for their peaceful disposition and appealed to them to remain calm while they investigate the issue and ensure the release of Allison and Suoyo Nathaniel.
They assured that they will work to return peace back to the community and urged everyone to live as brothers and sisters and also obey the curfew imposed by the state government because of the crisis.
Bayelsa State Government had imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in Nembe and its environs, effective from Wednesday July 14, 2021 following the recent violence that rocked the area which led to the death of a youth, by yet to be identified persons.
The Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Strategy, Hon. Ayibaina Duba, who announced the curfew in a statement, disclosed that the curfew will be in force from 6pm to 6am daily until the security situation in the affected communities improves.
He also stated that relevant security formations have been mobilised to enforce the curfew and residents of the area are advised to comply in their own interest.
The Commissioner implored residents and aggrieved individuals in the area to allow peace reign by seeking alternative and civilized methods to resolve whatever might have caused the unfortunate incidents.