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Two Arraigned For Destroying Dickson’s Campaign Materials

Posted: Nov 10, 2015 at 3:53 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma,Yenagoa
Two suspects who allegedly vandalized and defaced the governorship election campaign billboards and posters of Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson were on Monday arraigned by the police before Chief Magistrate Court 4, Ovom,Yenagoa.
The suspects, Emereru Jesus, 46, and Godknows Reuben, 50, were arrested by the A-Division of the state Police Command, Yenagoa, on Saturday, November 7, 2015.
While Emereru is from Delta State, Reuben hails from Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
The suspects were arraigned on two counts of conspiracy and wilful and unlawful damage of billboards and posters of the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate for December 5 poll, Seriake Dickson.
Emereru and Reuben were arraigned by the police prosecution under Sections  378  and 445 laws of Bayelsa State, 2006.
After their pleas were taken, the suspects caused a stir in the court room as they veered off from the matter and started speaking out of context.
The presiding Magistrate, Nyingi Utomovie,  having observed their demeanours and unstable state of mind, discharged the suspects.
She, however, placed the suspects on a three-year bond and cautioned them to be of good behaviour.
The PDP had recently raised the alarm over alleged destruction of its campaign billboards and poll fliers across the state by suspected members of the opposition and therefore called on the security agencies to apprehend rascals behind the acts.
The Bayelsa State Restoration Campaign Organisation had  in a statement by its Director of Publicity, Jonathan Obuebite, said the call became imperative in order to avoid political clash in the state.
He said most of the billboards erected by the ruling party in the state have been defaced while many were damaged outright by people suspected to be members of the opposition.
“Over 70 per cent of our billboards in some communities in the state, to be precise, Kpansia, Agudama, Ovom and Igbogene have been defaced by the suspected members of the opposition.
“This development lends credence to our position that opposition is not ready for the contest, rather its members are looking for means to provoke us, so that there will be crisis in the state.”