Court orders  release of Bayelsa Monarch after five days in police custody

The High Court sitting in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital has ordered the release of the Paramount Ruler of Azuzuama Community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state, Chief Selky Kile Torughedi also known as Young Shall Grow five days after his incinerations in police custody over allege threat to peace.

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The arrest of the Paramount Ruler, which took place last Saturday provoked indigenes of the Azuzuama community, the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) and the Movement for the Survival of the Izon Ethnic Nationality (MOSIEND), described the arrest and detention of the Traditional Ruler as politically motivated and an attempt to instigate violence in the area.


Niger Delta Herald gathered that while H.R.H Dr. Selky Kile Torughedi, was 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.


But the Bayelsa High Court, in a suit numbered YHC/127M/2021 and filed by Barr. E.A. Aluzu on behalf of the Bayelsa Monarch, Chief Selky Kile Torughedi, Chief Matthew Agoke and Pastor Jonah Iniwari, first, second and third Applicants, argued that the continued detention of the Monarch is a clear violation of the Fundamental rights.


According to the Applicants, the listed respondents, the Commissioner of Police, the Attorney General of Police and J. B. Lockie (sued as presiding magistrate of magistrate court 1),the remand order by the third Respondent on 23rd day of August 2021 remanding the Applicants for thirty days is a violation of his fundamental human rights.


The applicants sought an order releasing the applicants forthwith from detention pending the determination of the substantive suit and an order that the applicants are released on bail on self-recognition. Niger Delta Herald confirmed from one of the Monarch’s aide that he has since been released on bail.


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