LAST Friday’s killing of four soldiers and one policeman attached to the Joint Military Task Force in Nembe, Bayelsa State, has elicited controversy between a pro-Seriake Dickson group and a former governor of the state, Chief Timipre Sylva.
The group, Ijaw Young Professionals in Bayelsa State, on Saturday, claimed the All Progressives Congress led by Sylva was the mastermind of the attack on the military base that claimed the lives of the security operatives.
But the former governor, through his media aide, Doifie Ola, said though the accusation by the group was, unsubstantiated and irresponsible, the escalation of violence in the state should be put at the doorstep of Dickson’s government.
Sylva called on the Inspector-General of Police Solomon Arase, to order an immediate investigation into the Nembe killings and fish out those behind the faceless group.
The pro-Dickson group had alleged that the Sylva-led APC engineered the killing in order to create insecurity in the state ahead of the December 5 governorship election.
The group, in a statement by its leader, Mr. Seighfa Tonye-Brown, alleged that the killing in Nembe was among the plans being hatched by the opposition party to unleash tension between now and the election.
This stategy, the group alleged, was to force President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in the state.