– as Diri, Ewhrudjakpo, sworn in as the new Bayeslsa State governor and deputy governor respectively at the Government House in Yenagoa.
Supreme Court judgement: Violent protests erupt Bayelsa
By our correspondent
Senator Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo were yesterday sworn in as the new Bayeslsa State governor and deputy governor respectively at the Government House in Yenagoa.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had issued Diri with a certicate of return as the winner of the November 16 governorship election in the state, following the Supreme Court judgement.
The police have declared a three-day curfew in Bayelsa as violence erupted in Yenagoa following the political development in the oil-rich state.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, David Lyon, who won the November 2019 governorship election in the state, was sacked on Thursday by the Supreme Court because his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, presented false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Violent protests, apparently led by aggrieved APC supporters, erupted in the state capital, Yenagoa, and other parts of Bayelsa.
The Commissioner of Police in Bayelsa, Uche Anozia, told journalists that a three-day curfew had been declared in the state from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to forestall the breakdown of of law and order.
The curfew which began on Friday would last till Sunday.
The Triumph gathered about eight persons have so far been arrested in connection with the protest.
Several buildings, including PDP secretariat in Yenagoa, was touched and radio station belonging to the Bayelsa state government was said to have been vandalised and looted by protesters.
The PDP has accused the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, of instigating the violence in Bayelsa, citing the comment he made boasting that nobody will be inaugurated.