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Three days Curfew imposed in Bayelsa after widespread violence

Valentine Chinyem



The police have imposed a three-day dusk to dawn curfew in Bayelsa state over widespread violence as a result of the sacking of David Lyon, candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the March election, as governor-elect.

The supreme court had annulled Lyon’s victory in the election on the grounds that Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo, his running mate, presented forged certificates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Following the ruling, INEC issued a certificate of return to Douye Diri, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, in Abuja, on Friday.

Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of INEC, told journalists during a briefing in Abuja that Diri was declared the winner of the November 2019 election after top INEC officials met to review the results of the election, without the votes of the APC which have been voided by the court.

Some supporters of the APC had trooped to the streets of Yenagoa, the state capital on Friday morning, chanting “No Lyon, no governor”.

They also blocked major roads and lit bonfires. Some aggrieved protesters had broken into the Yenagoa residence of Duoye Diri, the whom INEC has declared governor-elect, vandalising several cars.

Shortly after this, Uche Anozie, commissioner of police in the state, Uche Anozia, announced that in the next three days, there would be curfew between 8pm and 6am.

He warned “troublemakers” to desist or risk being arrested.

Meanwhile, the PDP has demanded the arrest of Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the APC, over the violence.

After the ruling of the apex court on Thursday, Oshiomhole had said Diri did not meet the requirement of being sworn in as governor.