Bayelsa community wants Assembly member arrested for alleged assault

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INDIGENES of Brass community in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, have called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of a member of the Bayelsa House of Assembly, Israel Sunny-Goli.

The community in a statement warned of dire consequences if the Nigeria Police Force allowed the lawmaker, who represents Brass Constituency One in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, to go scot-free.

They also demanded the arrest and prosecution of his aides and others indicted for molesting the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Kola Okunlola.

An arrest warrant had been issued since last month for the arrest of Sunny-Goli and 10 others listed in a charge by Justice J. Abang of the Federal High Court, Yenagoa.

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The community is angry that neither the police nor any security agency has effected the arrest of the defendants since the warrant was issued in March.

They appealed to the police authorities to stop wasting time in granting justice to Okunlola, who is in charge of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, but was allegedly manhandled by the suspects while on a special election duty in Bayelsa.

The Caretaker Committee Chairman of the area, Victor Isaiah, in a statement signed by his Press Secretary, Tamaradoubra Benjamin, said all the persons involved, irrespective of their positions in the society should face the law without further delay.

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Isaiah argued that the delay in the arrest and prosecution of the lawmaker accused of contravening sections 17, 15(1)(a), 15(1)(b), 1(2)(d), and 18 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2013, as declared by Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court in Abuja, would cause the police to lose public confidence and trust.

He wondered why the police had failed to enforce the order of a competent court in the matter he said should have been given an “expeditious trial” to act as a deterrent to others.

He said, “We pointed to the actions of Israel Sunny-Goli and his followers and we notified relevant security agencies as well as alerted our members.

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“The police need to understand that some cases are key to their relationship with the public and it requires explaining themselves clearly and credibly,” he added.

Isaiah said unless the suspects were prosecuted in accordance with extant laws, other people might be encouraged to engage in electoral violence.

He said, “The people of Brass under whose eyes the nefarious offence was committed are interested in the case. Change begins from within and our leaders must show a good example.”

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