Wide condemnation has trailed the destruction of the home of the Paramount Ruler of the Twon Brass Kingdom, King Alfred Diette-Spiff by youths protesting the allege shooting in the leg of 24 years old youth by a military personnel during a peaceful protest by the people of the people of Twon Brass Kingdom in Brass Local Government area of the State against the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) over a prolonged power outage, refusal to pay indigenous contractors and non-compliance to its corporate social responsibility in its host Communities.
King Alfred Diette-Spiff was the First Military Governor of the old Rivers State and the Chairman of the Bayelsa State Traditional Rulers Council.
The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC),Brass Clan, the member representing Brass Constituency 1 at the State House of Assembly, Hon. Daniel Charlse, the founder of a political group in Brass known as the New Face, Robert Desmond condemned the unwarranted attack on the home of the Traditional rulers.
While the Ijaw Youths Council, Brass Clan led by Chairman, Comrade Hello Richard and Clan Rep, Comr. Benjamin Tuaton, described the attack on the royal palace as “condemnable, the duo of Hon. Daniel Charlse and Robert Desmond iin separate chats with leadership agreed that though the accidental shooting of the protesting youth by soldier was not deliberate, “the youths shouldn’t have gone to the extent of vandalizing the home of our paramount ruler.”
According to the IYC, Brass Clan, “From our findings, we gathered that the shooting took place when some persons hijacked the protest, and instigated the attack on the palace of the Amayanabo of Twon Brass, HRM. Alfred Diete-Spiff. As the apex body representing all Ijaw youths in the clan, we condemn in strong terms the brazen disrespect on the King of Twon Brass. We will not condone an attack on his person from anybody, be it an Ijaw person or foreigner”.
In his opinon, the founder of the New Face group, Desmond Robert, told leadership that though many of the protesters are complaining of leadership failure in Twon Brass,” we condemn the attack on the palace of the King and if the people wants to make their grievances known, it must be done in the right way. We should listen and ask question if we are not satisfied. What we are calling for is a better Twon Brass with the right leadership.”
We gathered also that tension heightened in the community at about noon over the shooting of one of the protesters and the injury of many as they scamper for safety from the shooting by soldiers.
Findings by our Reporter revealed that the protest which began on Friday continued on Monday and Tuesday after information filtered out that some influential traditional in the community have been paid by the oil company to discourage the protest.
Sources in the community confirmed that the Amayanabo of Twon Brass, King Alfred Diete- Spiff who was not happy with the turn of events had gone to address the protesters to allow peace reign. The paramount ruler palace was reportedly vandalized by the protesters.
However things took a turn for the worse when the protesters began to rain invectives on him and stoned with sachet water. Sources said some of the protesters moved to vandalize his vehicle forcing security personnel to whisk him away from the scene.
After the King was rescued, soldiers were called in and they started shooting to disperse the protesters from the barricade mounted,
“The soldiers came in and started shooting. In the process one person was shot in the leg while many people were injured in the attempt to scamper for safety” said a source in the community.