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12 Women Arraigned in Court for Using ‘juju to Stop Road Construction in Bayelsa

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The Bayelsa state police command has arraigned 12 women in court for allegedly plotting to use charm to stop the ongoing construction of the Yenagoa-Oporoma Road by the state government.

The women are:
Nerisa John, 43; Christiana Famous, 36; Dolphina Ochai, 34; Flora Clinton, 55; Ayibanua Lucky, 33; Motoko Oyibadoemi, 54; Amilo Brandy, 30; Tuebi Romeo, 25; Ayibaegben Godbless, 40; Becky Williams, 37; Ayababy Kwoli, 50; and Falaba David, 30.

The charge against them read;

“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 neighborhood to fear and tumultuously disturb the peace of the people using access road without reasonable occasion, thereby committing an offense contrary to Section 54 and punishable under Section 55 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. C14 Laws of Bayelsa State.”

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The women however pleaded not guilty and were granted bail by a magistrate’s court in Oporoma division, with the sum of N50,000 each with one surety who owned landed property.

Presiding magistrate, A.N Asuka, adjourned the case till December 6, 2021.

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