27 January 2012
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Bayelsa State capital, southsouth remained calm and quiet Friday after the Supreme Court sacked Chief Timipre Sylva, the state governor along with four other state governors. Nigeria
However, an activist has called for the immediate arrest of Governor Sylva.
Dr. John Idumange, a lecturer at the Niger Delta University and Deputy President, Niger Delta Integrity Group and human rights activist who is also a strident critic of Sylva, in his reaction to the Supreme Court ruling, said he would be surprised if Sylva is not arrested immediately in Abuja, Port Harcourt or Yenagoa to answer for the numerous allegations against him.
He accused the Governor of frittering away the resources of the state and superintending a state that has remained backward since he came to power as governor.
Idumange said that it is both morally and politically wrong for Sylva to be jostling to be re-elected as governor.
He said: “It would be a surprising to me if he is not arrested in Abuja, Port Harcourt or Yenagoa because of the allegations of monumental fraud and extra-Judicial killings and his threat that if he was excluded in the governorship race, he would import Boko Haram to bomb oil facilities and would kill the first families of the country and a former Commissioner of Health in the state.”