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DSS Ambushed Jonathan’s Ally ‘Like Armed Robbers’-Ijaw Youth Congress

Posted: Feb 12, 2016 at 4:31 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma


The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC)  has expressed anger over the way and manner operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) invaded the Abuja residence of King Amalate Johnny Turner, an ally of former President Goodluck Jonathan, on Tuesday.

President of the IYC, Udengs Eradiri, told reporters in Yenagoa yesterday that the  DSS operatives ambushed Turner ‘like armed robbers’ in a dastardly operation.

He demanded an apology from the security agency for the  invasion of Turner, the paramount ruler of Opume Kingdom in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

According to him, the DSS did not follow the laid down procedures before encroaching on the rights of their revered monarch.

Eradiri said the action of the DSS was a slap on the Ijaw nation, stressing that the ambush was tantamount to the desecration of the cherished culture and tradition of the Ijaw.

“On Tuesday, very sad and bitter  news came into Ijaw land that the DSS has invaded a property of a royal majesty, a King in Ijaw land,  King Amalate Turner. The act is condemned.  It should not be accepted by the Nigerian public. We see it as an abuse of fundamental rights of individuals of this country.

The right procedure was not followed. DSS should have invited him to their office if they smelt any rat. We are still aback. Initially, we even thought it was armed robbery operation because the manner of invasion was like the way armed robbers operate.

Security agencies have modus operandi of engaging civil society. We condemn that act and I am sure the right action should be taken.

The security agencies have the right to invite anybody,  but the manner they approach issues especially when it concerns the Niger Delta people is the one that is worrisome to us.

How can you go to a King’s house, a respected king in Ijaw land and behave that way? For us it is a desecration of our tradition and that is why we are expressing our dissatisfaction and displeasure with the actions of the DSS.

For us, it is an insult to the Ijaw nation and we demand an apology from the DSS. What we are meant to understand was that they took documents pertaining to his bank accounts and all of those.

Is it now an offence for somebody to have documents?. For me, it is an invasion of his rights and for this reason, we are meeting as an Ijaw people to take the next step concerning what is happening to us” Eradiri said.

The Ijaw youth leader alleged that the DSS operatives carted away a lot of items, insisting that what they did was just to set the ground to further harass and embarrass former President  Jonathan.

He said if the DSS had decided to dance around the people that were close to  Jonathan so that they could deflate them and humiliate Jonathan,  the Ijaw nation  would not accept it.

“The truth is that we condemn that act and demand that the DSS apologise to Ijaw nation because that is a desecration of a King’s privacy.  We will not do it to any of their kings.

When Jonathan was in power, he did not at any point in time use the state apparatus to  intimidate the northerners,  even at the height of the Lamido Sanusi incident when  people rationalised that the former President was using his power to harass Sanusi.

Jonathan did not do that because of his respect for constituted authorities and the traditional institution;  Why are we not getting the same  respect in return?” he argued.

He urged the DSS to follow the right procedure, regretting that the manner the DSS used to invade the residence of Turner was not acceptable.

Eradiri said the Ijaw nation would meet over the incident very soon to decide the next step to take regarding the ambush on their king.

“We therefore demand that the DSS apologise to the Ijaw nation for invading a property of a king in Ijaw land. We will never do it to the kings in other places.

We demand that our traditional institution should be respected. What we expect is that if they have any issue with anybody, they should follow the due process” he stated.