A suit filed before a Bayelsa State magistrate court has accused twelve female residents of causing chaos to stop an ongoing road construction by the government.
Naija News understands that the accused women include Nerisa John, 43; Christiana Famous, 36; Dolphina Ochai, 34; Flora Clinton, 55; Ayibanua Lucky, 33; and Motoko Oyibadoemi, 54.
Others are Amilo Brandy, 30; Tuebi Romeo, 25; Ayibaegben Godbless, 40; Becky Williams, 37; Ayababy Kwoli, 50; and Falaba David, 30.
It was alleged in the suit that women who all hail from the Agobiri community in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state, used juju (charms) and other life-threatening tools to halt the ongoing construction of Yenagoa-Oporoma Road.
The women were said to be protesting the road construction, demanding that the road should pass through their community to give residents a sense of belonging.
They had allegedly threatened to stop the road project if the Governor Douye Diri-led administration fail to include their community in the road infrastructure.
The suit submitted before the Magistrate Court, Oporoma division by the state Command of the Nigeria Police Force, accused the protesting women of conspiracy to commit a felony.
The charge read in part, “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 fronds, causing persons in the neighbourhood to fear and tumultuously disturb the peace of the people using access road without reasonable occasion, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 54 and punishable under Section 55 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. C14 Laws of Bayelsa State.”
Naija News understands that the protesting women had pleaded not guilty to the charges and were subsequently granted bail in the sum of ₦50,000 each with one surety who owned landed property.
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