Women arrested for using ‘juju’ to stop Bayelsa govt construction

The Bayelsa State Police Command has brought twelve women from the Agobiri community in the state’s Southern Ijaw Local Government Area to court for allegedly participating in an unlawful assembly and using occultic means to obstruct the state government’s building of the Yenagoa/Oporoma expressway.

The Women dragged to Court include Madam Nerisa John (43), Christiana Famous (36), Dolphina Ochai (34), Flora Clinton (55), Ayibanua Lucky (33) and Motoko Oyibadoemi (54). Others include Amilo Brandy (30), Tuebi Romeo (25), Ayibaegben Godbless (40), Becky Williams (37), Ayababy Kwoli (50) and Falaba David (30).

In the two-count charges against them before the Magistrate Court, Oporoma division, the police accused the protesting women of allegedly conspiring among themselves to commit a felony with unlawful assembly and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 444(d) of the criminal code law, Cap c14 laws of Bayelsa State, 2006.

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“That you (all the accused) and others at large, on the same date and place in the aforesaid Magisterial district, with intent to carry out a common purpose, did assemble in such a manner by blocking the ongoing Oporoma-Yenagoa road construction with sticks, plantain, juju, palm fonts, causing persons in the neighborhood to fear and tumultuously disturb the peace of the people using access road without reasonable occasion, and thereby

The women, who are from the Agobiri community in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the State, were reportedly arrested during a demonstration against their alleged exclusion from the Oporoma/Yenagoa road construction project, according to Metro Times.

They had purportedly threatened to halt the road works unless the Governor Douye Diri administration included their community as a beneficiary.

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