About 12 Women Charged To Court In Bayelsa For Using Black Magic (Juju) To Stop Road Construction


Say least 12 women from Agobiri community in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have been prosecuted by the police for purportedly plotting to scamper the ongoing construction of the Yenagoa-Oporoma Road by the state government with voodoo (charms).


The accused women are 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.


The women were alleged to be carrying out a protest claiming that the road should pass through their community to give residents a sense of community.


In a two-count charge filed by the police before the magistrate’s court, Oporoma division, accused the agitating women of conspiracy to commit arson.


The charge read in part, “That you ( 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.”


But the demonstrators  pleaded not guilty and were granted bail in the sum of N50,000 each with one surety who owned landed property in the like sum.


A.N Asuku, the presiding magistrate adjourned the case for further hearing till December 6, 2021.


The  women were apprehended during their protest against purpoted exclusion from the communities to benefit from the road project.


They had purportedly threatened to stop the road project if the government did not include their community in the road infrastructure.

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