The National Union of Bayelsa State Students (NUBSS) Worldwide, has expressed displeasure over a statement credited to one Mr. Nengi Ikiba accusing the state government of working against his aspiration to become the President of the Ijaw Youth Council, (IYC).
Speaking with newsmen in Yenagoa, the Union’s National President, Comrade Agbada Stephen Agbada and its Secretary General, Mr. Agbura Samuel absolved Governor Seriake Dickson and his Special Adviser on Security of any involvement in Mr. Ikiba’s recent ordeal in the hands of the Nigeria Police Force.
According to them, Mr. Ikiba who is one of the persons vying for the position of president in the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, had in the past, reportedly made a confession to active involvement in cult activities in Bayelsa State, identifying himself as a co-founder of the dreaded Icelanders.
In his words: “As a matter of fact, there are reports by the Police that he (Ikiba) has made confessional statements to his active involvement in the formation of the Icelanders, which has terrorized the state for a long time.
“We decided to come together as a students’ union and stakeholders in the development of this state to keenly look at the stories around his arrest.
“Our major concern was the story making the rounds in the media that he was being framed up by the Government of Bayelsa State as a result of his aspiration to become the president of the IYC and not because he has any criminal record that needs to be investigated,” Agbada said.
Describing the accusation as baseless, the students’ unionists wondered how government could have singled him (Ikiba) out for victimization in an election where about five aspirants are vying for the position of the president.
While, condemning cultism in the strongest of terms, the NUBSS leadership however frowned at the failure of the Police to arraign and prosecute Mr. Ikiba timely in the interest of justice.
They urged the embattled aspirant to direct his energies at establishing his innocence and alleged violation of his rights by the Police at the court rather than resort to unnecessary name-calling and accusations targeted at running the government down.
According to Mr. Agbura, “ordinarily we would not have joined issues with his submissions but we are compelled to do so because he is trying to drag certain reputable authorities in the state in a manner that is not comfortable with us.
“If actually he is innocent of the cult issues regarding his involvement with Icelanders and all that, I think he should mind the business of clearing his name from such rubbish rather than drag such exalted offices like that of the Governor and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters in the mud.
“We will not fold our arms and watch this go on because these are people who are doing so much in terms of youth development and maintenance of security. And as a students’ body, we are impressed with what they are doing.”