by Our Correspondent
A youth leader in Bayelsa State, Mr. Endurance Amagbein, has dissociated himself from illegal crude bunkering and militancy.
Amagbein, who disassociated himself from the allegations, said the Joint Task Force acting in concert with Aseimieghe Ofongo, the former paramount ruler of Igbomotoru community who was dethroned and Mr. Dennis Ofongo, in their desperation to incriminate him have arrested some indigenes of Igbomotoru community with the aim to torture and force them to make statements linking him.
Recall, that our correspondent had earlier reported that the chiefs, women and youths of Igbomotoru communities in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, raised an alarm over alleged killings, ongoing siege and dehumanization in the community by armed military personnel and their cohorts believed to be acting on the directives of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited.
The community also involved DARLON Security Nigeria Limited, a surveillance company handling the protection of pipeline in the ongoing unabated crisis.
Amagbein , in a statement made available to journalists, on Tuesday, said “My attention has been brought to the statements making the rounds in the mainstream and social media credited to the Joint Task Force, Operation Delta Safe that its operation in Igbomotoru community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State is targeted at stamping out an illegal crude oil mining camp operated by me”
The Joint Task Force acting in concert with Aseimieghe A. Ofongo the former paramount ruler of Igbomotoru community who was dethroned for high-handedness and embezzlement of community funds and Mr. Dennis Ofongo who together with the military are living in the same House Boat belonging to Mr. David Lyon named IFIEMI after his biological daughter went on to make unsubstantiated allegation that I am a notorious militant leader engaged in the act of vandalism of crude oil pipelines.
He warned the Joint Task Force (JTF), and some leaders of Igbomotoru community to stop unsubstantiated allegation that he is a notorious militant leader engaged in the act of vandalism of crude oil pipelines.
“In their desperation to incriminate me, it is over two weeks since the military under their directives arrested and incarcerated, Pere Igoli, Patterson Joseph, Emmanuel Boma, Jonah Belawari and Paebi Obinne torturing and forcing them to make statements linking me.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I, Endurance Amagbein wish to set the record straight and state unequivocally that I am a peaceful and law-abiding citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“I am not a militant leader and I also do not have any dealings or connections whatsoever with any illegal crude oil mining site howsoever described in any forest. The statement is false, malicious, mischievous and made in a desperate attempt to injure my reputation and to fit into a narrative.
“On the contrary, under the guise of protecting oil facilities, Darlon Oil and Gas Limited owned by Mr. Davild Lyon and the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) engaged the military to burn down my properties, that of many others, dehumanize young and old, desecrate First Baptist Church and many other heritage sites in Igbomotoru community.
“It is in this regard that I wish to also use this medium to join the chiefs, elders and other leaders of Igbomotoru communities to send a save our soul message to the Bayelsa State Government and to stop Darlon Oil & Gas Limited and Mr. David Lyon forthwith from further mobilising youths from his Olugbobiri community to carry out acts likely to cause inter-communal war.
“More than that, the military high command is called upon to urgently investigate the actions of its officers and men and the propriety of civilians co-habiting in the same houseboat with military personnel.
“It is instructive to state further that while the people of Olugbobiri community, the home town of Mr. David Lyon are living peacefully, he has for his selfish purpose continued to orchestrate violence in Igbomotoru community by also working in concert with the military to clothe miscreants amongst whom are; Paul Deo, Ebiwarisuodei Jeshey, Ayibaebi Dede and Alagba Livingstone with military insignia to cause mayhem.
The statement further stated; “In their desperate desire to control the oil pipelines in Igbomotoru Community, David Lyon and his Darlon security in connivance with the Nigerian Agip Oil Company has engaged the services of the Nigerian Army in the guise of pipelines protection but with the original motive of eliminating me for no just cause.
“They have rendered me and many other natives of Igbomotoru community homeless even as they continue with their desperate efforts to assassinate me.
In the statement, the youth leader revealed that some persons are after his life.
The statement said; “The world should hold David Lyon and the Nigerian Agip Oil Company responsible should anything happens to me or any law abiding youth of Igbomotoru community.