Nigeria: Bayelsa monarch raises alarm over assassination threat by his governor
London, July 25, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A first class Nigerian traditional ruler in the oil rich Bayelsa state, King A J Turner, has pleaded with the Police and the Department of State Services to expedite action on a petition he submitted against the governor of Bayelsa state, Henry Seriake Dickson
King Turner had, in the petition alleged a threat to his life by the governor, through a direct telephone call to his son
Ina press statement signed by his media aide, Idris Abiodun, the royal father called for immediate action over his petition already submitted to the Inspector General of Police and the Director-general of the Department of State Security, saying he no longer feel safe
The statement further called on “the DSS and Nigerian Police not to treat such a serious matter, which involves threat to life, with kid gloves”.
King Turner who is allegedly being owed about two billion Naira for contracts executed in favour of the Bayelsa state government, “had alleged in his petition that the governor had told his son that ‘if it is war, he is ready for it’ and that he would go to any length to prosecute it”.
The traditional ruler noted that “the antecedents of the governor, and the brand of politicking he has become notorious for, point to the fact that his threats are not empty ones or something to be treated with levity”.
The statement concluded with an assurance that “King AJ turner will continue to advocate for peaceful coexistence of all his people, regardless of party affiliations or political leaning, and urges all Bayelsa sons to do the same as the ultimate goal is the development of the state and bettering the lot of her people”
In 2016, some unknown gunmen numbering about twenty had attacked the country home of the same King Turner, the Paramount Ruler of Opume, in Ogbia Local Government Area (LGA) of Bayelsa State destroying household furniture and electronics.
The gunmen believed be political thugs were reported to have brutalized the Deputy Chairman of the Community Council of Chiefs before nabbing him from the area and forced him to accompany them to a residence of Mr. Turner where they used dynamite to gain entry to his gate.
Mr. Turner, an ally of the former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, and his family members were not at his home at the time of the incident.