The arrest of a former militant leader Dr. Selky Kile Torughedi popularly known as Young Shall Grow earlier today by men of the State Police Command has triggered protests in Yenagoa the state capital.
His arrest is alleged to be over a Chieftancy tussle in Azuzuama Community in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
The protesters, made up of indigenes of the Azuzuama community, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) and the Movement for the Survival of the Izon Ethnic Nationality (MOSIEND), described the arrest and detention oftheir “Traditional Ruler” as politically motivated and an attempt to instigate violence in the area.
We gathered that while H.R.H Dr. Selky Kile Torughedi, was allegely selected by the King makers of the Community due to his philanthropic nature in the area and involvement in mass empowerment scheme, employment of nurses in community clinic and mass feeding scheme. He is reported to be the most popular candidate elected to occupy the throne.
Those against his ascension as the Paramount Ruler of the Community, allegedly led by the State Commissioner for Energy, Collins Ebite, had in a petition before the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Echeng Eworo Echeng.
One of the protesters, Comrade Robinson Wike Avoke, argued that the continued detention oftheir “Paramount Ruler” is inimical to the peace of the area.
Also speaking, an Ijaw Elder, Elder Victor Eyororokumo said
that a few persons have met with the detained traditional ruler and assured the protesters that the matter at hand is civil and not a criminal issue,” we called on the Deputy Governor and the Commissioner of Local Government Affairs to resolve the issue and not allow it deteriorate into issues that may not be controlled.”
The lawyer to the arrested Traditional Ruler, Ebikebuna Augustine Aluzu Esq, confirmed his arrest and said there has been no charges leveled against him by the Police,” the Commissioner of Police Invited him on Saturday and as a man of peaceful disposition hhonoured the nvitation. Upon meeting with the Commissioner of Police, he was asked to make statement at the Operation Puff Adder office which he did.”
“And ever since he made the statement the police have been holding him against his will. i came in at about 6pm on Saturday to intercede and ensure my client have bail.As at today, no charge has been level against him. The police have not said anything. And his subjects from Azuzuama are here protesting ppeacefully gainst the detention of their newly elected paramount ruler.”
Aluzu also confirmed that his client, H.R.H Dr. Selky Kile Torughedi popularly known as Young Shall Grow, was duly elected as Paramount ruler of the Azuzuama community by his people to succeed the late Paramount Ruler, N.T.Mathew and called on those against his ascension of the throne to go to court instead of dragging a civil matter before the Nigerian Police.