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Assault On Igbo Traders In Bayelsa: Governor Dickson Issues warning to Bayelsa Community

Assault On Igbo Traders In Bayelsa
The Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, has warned those harassing Igbo traders in Biogbolo community in the Bayelsa State, over the murder of a teenager, Faith Pius, to stop forthwith or face the wrath of the government.

He called on the people of the Biogbolo community in Yenagoa to sheathe their swords and maintain a cordial relationship with their Igbo tenants.

It will be recalled that on May 7, the news of the alleged murder of the 18-year-old in a hotel in Yenagoa by a 26-year-old Igbo man sparked violent protest in Biogbolo and adjoining streets of Ebis and Green Villa.

The aggrieved protesters, who were Biogbolo’s indigenes, reportedly displayed weapons of different kinds, chased suspected non-indigenes, particularly the Igbo, and vowed to avenge the killing of Faith.

Dickson, who sued for peace during the visit of representatives of Biogbolo and Igbo communities, said the state government would arrest and prosecute the suspect over the killing of the teenager.

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Dickson said, “Let me warn those who are cashing in on the situation to disrupt peace and socio-economic activities, such as harassing Igbo traders in the community, to stop or face the wrath of the government.

“I urge the people of Biogbolo community to allow Igbo traders reopen their shops for business on Monday (today), as the alleged crime was committed by an individual and not all the Igbo. The Igbo people have been peaceful and law abiding in the state.”

While commending the leadership of the community for their show of understanding and maturity, the governor stressed the need for them to sensitise their people to the dangers of taking the law into their hands.

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