Bayelsa govt threatens to drag Nigerian Army, Buratai to court

The Bayelsa State government on Tuesday threatened to file a lawsuit against the Nigerian Army.

It vowed to go to court if the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, failed to produce killers of the Government House Photographer, Reginald Dei, and leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Seidougha Taribi.

Dei and Taribi were murdered in Oweikorogha, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, during the February 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Director of Strategic Communications at the Governor’s Office, Nathan Egba-Ologo, said the COAS had a responsibility to arrest and try the murderers.

Egba-Ologo insisted that the deceased were killed at Taribi’s house while they waited for the election results.

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The official noted that claim that the deceased were shot because they were found with election materials was a wild allegation.

He said: “The Bayelsa State government is making a passionate appeal to the Chief Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to investigate, identify and prosecute the soldiers who murdered a Government House photographer, Mr. Reginald Dei, and a Chieftain of the PDP, Mr. Seidougha Taribi, on February 23 in Southern Ijaw.

“The Bayelsa State government and Bayelsans would adopt all lawful means to seek justice in this act of terror perpetrated against our citizens by a collusion of thugs and soldiers.”

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