The embattled paramount ruler of Oluasiri, Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, Chiefson Awululu, was in the early hours of yesterday attacked by suspected assassins in his house in Yenagoa, the state capital. Awululu, THISDAY gathered, had before now, survived several attempts to remove him by some people in his community who were purportedly not happy with his style of leadership.
The suspects reportedly scaled the fence of the palace of the traditional ruler by 2.30 a.m. and broke through a burglary proof door into his bedroom. Thereafter, they were said to have inflicted deep multiple machete cuts on him before leaving him for dead. Unconfirmed reports noted that the assailant’s returned later at about 5 a.m. to confirm if he was indeed dead, but met that he had been rushed to the hospital.
Some of the gory pictures sighted by THISDAY indicated that the suspected criminals ostensibly hit their target with the intention to kill him. There were deep machete cuts which almost removed the monarch’s right shoulder and another targeted at his jaw which left him in the pool of his own blood. The room where the monarch was attacked was also soaked in blood. Neighbours who later rushed him to the hospital also attempted to stop the heavy loss of blood by using wrappers to stop the blood flow without success.
Some elders and indigenes of the Oluasiri community had in April this year, reportedly passed a vote of no confidence on him over issues they said ranged from poor leadership, absenteeism and administering the community from outside. They also accused him of failing to maintain peace in the community, administering the community like a sole administrator and alleged illegal constitution of the Oluasiri Development Union (ODU) as well as the Oluasiri Youth Federation (OYF).