Bayelsa govt insists Buratai produce soldiers who killed photographer
The Bayelsa State Government is insisting the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai produce the soldiers who killed Government House photographer, Mr Reginald Dei, and a ward chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Seidougha Taribi.
The duo were allegedly killed by gunmen in military uniform during the February 23 presidential and National Assembly elections in Oweikorogha community in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.
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A statement on Tuesday by the Director in charge of Strategic Communications, Governor’s Office, Chief Nathan Egba-Ologo, explained that the COAS had a responsibility to redeem the image of the army by making sure that the soldiers who killed the two men are arrested and tried.
According to Egba-Ologo, the deceased were killed in Taribi’s house while waiting for the results of the election in their polling units, several metres away from the polling unit where they voted, adding that Buratai should now be tired of tying the army to the wishes of the Bayelsa chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, and to investigate the murders.
Egba-Olodo also insisted that an earlier claim that the deceased were killed by thugs in Army uniform would not stand anymore as the Publicity Secretary of APC, Mr Buokoribo Doifie, already confirmed in reports that a member of his party identified as Thankgod Deizigha led the soldiers to the residence where they were shot.
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