There was pandemo­nium yesterday morning in Yenagoa, when uni­formed Policemen attached to the Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Tiwei Tmipa Orunimighe clashed with Officials of the Bayelsa State Environmental Sanitation Authority led by its Chairman, Mr. Oboku Of­forji at the Tombia junction.Henry-Seriake-Dickson

Checks indicated that the cri­sis sparked off over argument on the barricade mounted at the Tombia junction to ensure resi­dents of the state adhered to the restriction of movement order on sanitation days.

Offorji accused the APC chieftains and their supporters of deliberately flouting the re­striction order in line with the Sanitation Law, and attempted to disrupt the exercise with se­curity personnel attached to its Chairman in the state by shoot­ing sporadically into the air.

The APC leadership in the state has however dismissed the allegation, noting that officials of the state government were whipping up sentiments to dis­credit the APC.

Offorji in a press briefing in his office, accused Orunimighe and chieftains of the party of ordering security personnel attached to them to shot spo­radically in the air, and forcibly removed the barricade in their attempt to disrupt the sanitation exercise.

According to him, many people at the Tombia junction were terrified as the gunshots that rented the air were as if the area has been turned into a war zone.

He disclosed that the agency has concluded plans to lodge a formal petition to the police authorities to effect the arrest of the policemen used by the poli­ticians to undermine the peace in the state.

“It is quite unfortunate that a political party with its leader­ship at the centre, that has been preaching against impunity is allowing its supporters at the state level to indulge in impuni­ty and lawlessness of the high­est order. It was a sad situation. Nobody could go close. I want to make it clear that our expe­rience today as a government agency was a bitter one.

Reacting to the allegation, the media adviser to Orun­mighe, Mr. Alawoei Opokume dismissed the claims of Of­forji, noting that since the PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) now sees the APC as its great­est threat, they want to do ev­erything within its powers to discredit the party.

Similarly, the Publicity Sec­retary of the APC in the state, Mr. Fortune Paniebi, who said he was not aware of any inci­dent like that, said Bayelsans should not take the claims of Offorji serious.

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