The Bodo Youth Federation has Condemned the invasion of Bodo City on December 7, 2022, by a combined security team, believed to be sent by the alleged deposed, rejected and suspended Paramount Ruler of Bodo community, John B. Berebon and his co-travellers, where innocent citizens were arrested and shot at sporadically.

Whilst we call on security agencies to be professional and employ rules of engagements in the discharge of their constitutional duties, we demand the immediate release of those arrested.

A statement signed by the publicity secretary of Bodo Youth Federation, Peter Mongia said that “credible intelligence available to us reveals that this barbaric and inhumane incident was orchestrated and sponsored by the member representing Gokana State Constituency in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Dumle Maol and his elder brother, Lesi Maol, who is a cleanup contractor in Bodo, former Secretary to Rivers State Government – Gabriel Pidomson, deposed Paramount Ruler of Bodo Community, John B. Berebon and their cohorts, who conspired and collected a whopping sum of $3,000,000UDS from the Shell Development Company of Nigeria Limited.

“This money was paid by SPDC. When the community demanded for their money, they have now resorted to using security agencies to oppress the community.

“We call on the National Human Rights Commission and the workaholic Governor of Rivers State to call the aforementioned people and the security agencies to order before things get out of hand.

“We have alerted Ogonis and friends of Ogoni worldover, lovers of peace and critical stakeholders in Niger Delta of this heinous incident”.

Enough is enough!

Efforts to reach Dumle Maol, Gabriel Pidompson and others to speak on the development proved abortive at the time of filing this report.

We promise to bring you their part of the story when they finally react to the allegation.

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