Ebikabowei Victor-Ben (boyloaf)
The Presidential Amnesty Office has denied that Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, was involved in the arrest and detention of former Niger Delta agitator, Ebikabowei Victor-Ben, popularly known as boyloaf.
This was contained in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, by the Head of Media and Communications of the office, Mr. Daniel Alabrah.
The statement stated that Boyloaf, and one other person were arrested over an incident at the arrival lounge of the domestic terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos.
“The Presidential Amnesty Office deems it necessary to clarify reports in a section of the media concerning last Sunday’s arrest and detention of one of the leaders of the former agitators in the Niger Delta.
“That is Ebikabowei Victor-Ben aka Boyloaf and one other person over an incident at the arrival lounge of the domestic terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos," the statement said.
The office said the incident that led to the arrests was misrepresented in some reports, which purported that Kuku was involved in an altercation with Boyloaf at the Lagos airport.
“The fact is that Kuku was nowhere near the airport at the time his Special Assistant (Special Duties), Mr Henry Ugbolue, was attacked by Boyloaf and two others, which led to their arrest and detention by the police," the statement added.
“For the purposes of clarity, the unprovoked assault on Ugbolue had nothing to do with Kuku or the amnesty programme,” he said.
He said that the facts about the incident had been documented by the police at the Lagos State Command, Ikeja, where Boyloaf signed an undertaking before his release on Sunday.
“Nobody can hide under a presumed protection of amnesty to commit crime and expect to be shielded.
“The amnesty programme is about rehabilitating and reintegrating an approved number of persons into normal society and not to shield them when they decide to commit crime.
“I’m a stickler for discipline and one who believes that the law must always take its course,’’ Alabrah said.