Sunday, 18 September 2016

Police parade suspected cult members to parents disdain as they regroup for a peaceful protest


On Friday, 16th September about 106 suspects including four minors were arrested by the police in Bayelsa state during  a raid in some black spots in the state.


58 of them out of the 106 were charged to Bayelsa State High Court as suspected cult members. Parents and some Hausa indigenes have staged a protest on the arrests.

 The presiding Judge Justice Naiyi Agananba granted bail to the suspects in the sum of N100,000 each with sureties that will sign the bail bond and they must be senior civil servants from Grade 7 and above who must reside in Yenegoa.

The case was adjourned to October 20 for further hearing. Some parents claim their sons are innocent and were falsely accused. A parent, who identified himself as Kelvin, said his son was arrested a few metres away from their home while on an errand to buy bread for the family. 

“When I accosted the policemen after I heard a scream for help by my son, they threatened to shoot me.  They asked me what my son was doing outside after 8pm,” Kelvin claimed.

A woman, who claimed to be the wife of one of the suspects, said her husband was arrested a few minutes after concluding their new-born baby’s dedication at home. 

She regretted the unfortunate incidence and complained about the bail money as they don't have such funds because of the hospital bills paid and dedication they just did.


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