Bayelsa Police Drags 12 Women to Court over Alleged Use of “Juju” to Disrupt Road Project

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Olusegun Samuel in Yenagoa

The Bayelsa State Police Command has dragged 12 women from Agobiri community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state over their alleged involvement in unlawful assembly and use of occultic means known as “Juju” to block the ongoing construction of the Yenagoa/Oporoma road by the State Government.

THISDAY gathered that the women were reportedly arrested during their protest against alleged exclusion from the communities to benefit from the Oporoma/Yenagoa road construction project.

They had allegedly threatened to stop the road project if the Governor Douye Diri administration does not include their community as a beneficiary of the road project.

The women dragged to Court include: Madam Nerisa John (43), Chriatiana Famous (36), Dolphina Ochai (34), Flora Clinton (55), Ayibanua Lucky (33) and Motoko Oyibadoemi (54). Others include Amilo Brandy (30), Tuebi Romeo (25), Ayibaegben Godbless (40), Becky Williams (37), Ayababy Kwoli (50) and Falaba David (30).

In the two count charges against them before the Magistrate Court, Oporoma division, the police charged reads that “on the 24th to 30th of November, 2021 at Agobiri community in Oporoma magistrate district did conspire among yourselves to commit felony with unlawful assembly and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 444(d) of the criminal code law, cap c14 laws of Bayelsa State, 2006.

“That you(all the accused) and others at large on the same date and place in the aforesaid magisterial district with intent to carry out a common purpose, did assemble in such a manner by blocking the ongoing Oporoma-Yenagoa road construction with sticks, plantain, juju, palm fronts, causing persons in the neigbourhood to fear and tumultuously disturb the peace of the people using access road without reasonable reason and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 54 and punishable under section 55 of the criminal code law, Cap C14 laws of Bayelsa State.”