Gunmen attack Bayelsa monarch’s palace


Gunmen on Saturday attacked the country home of King AmalateTurner at Opume in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa destroying household furniture and electronics.

The motive behind the attack is unknown.

Mr. Turner, an associate of Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, was recently quizzed by state security operatives who had invaded his Abuja residence a few weeks ago over allegations of contract scam.

The gunmen, about 20 of them, were said to have stormed the community in two speed boats at about 12.55 a.m. on Saturday.

Witnesses told PREMIUM TIMES that the gunmen wore military camouflage for the attack.

Though no life was lost during the attack said to have lasted about three hours, property worth millions of naira were destroyed.

A witness, who sought anonymity for security reasons, said the gunmen also brutalised the deputy chairman of the community’s council of chiefs before forcing their victim to accompany them to the residence of the monarch where they used dynamite to force the gate open.

Though the monarch and members of his family were not around when the attack took place, the hoodlums were said to have ransacked the entire house and in the process destroyed several furniture and electronics.

When contacted, the Bayelsa police spokesperson, Asinim Butswat, said he was yet to be briefed on the incident as he was away at Amassoma on official duty.

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