Three persons were, on Sunday, killed following a bloody clash between suspected thugs loyal to the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Brass local government area of Bayelsa state.
One of the persons killed was identified as the spokesman of the umbrella body of Ijaw youths, the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) in the area.
While some PDP supporters argued that the death of the three persons occurred during an alleged failed attempt to assassinate the caretaker chairman of the Brass local council, Hon. Victoria Isiah.
The APC supporters alleged that over ten suspected armed men hired from the neighbouring Odioma community were challenged by the indigenes of the community and some members of the IYC before they were attacked with machetes and guns. Three died from the clash.
A source from the community, identified as Charles Junior, alleged that the killers, who were suspected to be hired PDP thugs, were allegedly housed at the local government chairman’s lodge before and after the clash.
It was gathered that the local government chairman’s lodge is close to the divisional police headquarters. The attempts by the DPO to dislodge the fighters, however, gave alleged undue advantage to the unidentified gunmen from Odioma.
According to Brown: “The whole incident started on the 15th of August with the attack on the IYC chairman in Brass. The attackers and their PDP supporters were chased out of the town but the chiefs and elders pleaded that they be allowed back to town through the twin criers.
“On Monday morning, some boys, about 10, were noticed to have entered the town through Odioma. They headed to the Imbikiri part of the town and were challenged by the IYC boys and the APC. The suspected thugs opened fire on them and dealt most of them matchete blows.”
A post from one of the supporters of the PDP in Brass monitored on the Facebook page of the caretaker chairman, Victor Isiah, indicated that the clash was allegedly due to provocation from some APC youths following the deadly attack on the special adviser on youths matter to the council.
“Few days ago, some suspected armed APC youths attacked the local government council. Now, they attempted to assassinate the caretaker chairman of the council. ”
Contacted on the development, the spokesman of the Bayelsa state police command, Asinim Butswat, confirmed the development and stated: “There was a clash between youths who claimed to be PDP and APC members. One person was reported dead while others were injured.
“We have deployed policemen including mobile policemen to restore peace in the area. We have also commenced investigations to ascertain the remote and immediate causes of the crisis. We advise people to go about their normal activities.”