Alleges Death Threat over Stoppage of N100m
Monthly Pay to Militants
From Segun James in Yenogoa and Omon-Julius
Onabu in Warri, 03.20.2009
Bayelsa State Governor, Chief Timipre Sylva, said he
has received threats on his cell phones from an
unknown militia group over his decision to
discontinue the payment of N100million monthly
package to repentant militant groups in Bayelsa.
Also, a three year old boy was among the casualties
in a renewed clash between rival cult gangs in
Bayelsa following a gun battle on Wednesday night.
Sylva, while appearing on a Radio interactive
programme tagged: “Relax with Governor Sylva” ,
claimed that his mobile phone number had, in the
last few days, been bombarded by text messages
threatening to make the state ungovernable for him
if the N100million monthly package for militants
along the creeks and waterways of the state were
He said he remains undaunted by such threats and
that the state security apparatus would be briefed
for necessary action.
THISDAY gathered that Icelanders and the
Greenlanders, whose action, penultimate week, led to
the killing of 13 football supporters, once again
engaged themselves in a battle at the in Biogbolo
area of the state capital forcing residents of the
area to take to their heels.
The battle which took place at a popular open bar
left one of the cultists and his girlfriend dead and
a little boy who was killed by stray bullet.
The screaming of a woman (said to be a seller of
cigarettes and other alcoholic drinks near the bar)
holding her little son attracted sympathisers who
were astonished by the killings.
Contacted on the incident, the State Police Public
Relations Officer, Inniobong Ibboilette, confirmed
the incident but said two persons had been arrested
and the Commissioner of Police had since ordered a
full investigation in order to bring the culprits to
Also yesterday, atleast seven persons including a
traditional ruler were feared killed yesterday
folowing a communal calsh between the Umuebi and
Amai communities of Delta State. Both communities
are in Ukwuani Local Govenrment Area of the state.
The deaths reportedly occurred after some youths
from Amai allegedly launched an attack on the Umuebu
community, where all the dead victims hailed from.