The Oasis Reporters
August 10, 2018
Currently, the most searched for female House of Representatives member is Boma Goodhead who on Tuesday dared operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) to shoot her and others blocked from entering the National Assembly.
The lawmaker represents Asalga/Akulga Federal Constituency of Rivers State. The nation had never seen a bold and fearless Amazon who would dare fierce looking masked gunmen in the eyes and dared them to shoot her. It was so nerve racking and who blinked?
The security goons of the DSS who had to beat a retreat!
The siege at the complex is alleged to be part of the plot to effect a change of the Senate leadership.
Infuriated that people were stopped from gaining access into the premises, Goodhead charged towards the DSS agents.
“Start shooting, shoot this gun”, she said pointing to operatives’ rifles.
“How many people can you shoot down here, how many?” she screamed.
However, the operatives kept their cool and said no word.
At a point in the video, a voice was heard appealing to Boma to calm down.
Her stern defiance was the tonic lawmakers needed to force their way into the complex.
Who Is Boma GoodHead?
The female lawmaker representing Akuku -Toru/Asari-Toru Federal Constituency of Rivers State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is a young lady raised in the militancy of the Niger Delta struggle for resource control and environmental protection of the Niger Delta lands and waters.
Boma Goodhead was born in 1970 and hails from Buguma city in Asari Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Her father was retired Justice Melford Dokubo Goodhead.
Before her election as a member of the House of Representatives, under the PDP, she had on three occasions contested elections to represent her constituency in the Rivers State House of Assembly and lost in all.
Ms. Goodhead is a graduate of the University of Port Harcourt, and in 2015, contested for a seat in the House of Representatives to represent her constituency and won.
It is widely speculated in her constituency that she got the slot owing to the influence of her brother, Asari Dokubo, who was very supportive of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration and the incumbent state government.
Boma followed a lot of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) activities, especially when Dokubo was the organisation’s president, until his detention and subsequent release by President Umaru Yar’adua in June 2007.
When her elder brother was arrested by the Federal Government between 2006 and 2007, she became actively involved in the activities and struggle to free him.
Her audacious confrontation with the security operatives at the National Assembly was not the first of such.
Once, when Asari Dokubo was arraigned in Abuja during his incarceration, Boma had confronted DSS operatives who brought him to court and she fiercely resisted the security operatives taking her brother back to jail.
Asked what prompted her to confront the DSS operatives even at the risk of her life, she said: “When I saw what was going on, I just felt that it was very, very undemocratic and provocative because you cannot just come to someone’s house or office and say you would not allow him entrance to their property or office where he works, especially when I saw them (security agents) in masks.
Most of the time when people go in with their masks, it is either they are there as snipers or they are there as people that want to do a quick job and would not want their identity to be revealed to anybody.
“So that was what made me to react that way.
She added; In fact it was an anger within me that spurred me to action. I said no! Enough is enough! We cannot continue in this manner.
The executive has continued to abuse all the democratic processes. That was what propped up that in me.
Prior to the incident, Goodhead had, penultimate week, given reporters covering the House an inkling of how combative she could be when provoked.
When the 37 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the House defected to the PDP the brave lawmaker had, had a shouting match with Mr. Munir Baba Dan Agundi from Kano State over his fruitless effort to encourage some of the defectors to retrace their steps.
It took the intervention of the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara and some of her colleagues to convince Goodhead to let the matter lie low.
IYC president, Eric Omare, who is close to the lawmaker, said that he was not surprised that she audaciously resisted the masked security operatives.
“What she demonstrated on Tuesday runs in the family blood.
During one of the trial days of the former IYC president, Asari Dokubo, she also confronted security forces over his unjust detention. She is somebody that does not keep quiet in the face of oppression.
“I was not surprised about what she did, having known her and her family background.
In spite of the fact that she had demonstrated this in the past before, Tuesday was a special occasion in the sense that she confronted tyranny and tyranny succumbed to the superior will of the people.
For her to demonstrate such boldness, the IYC is very proud of her. She is a product of the Niger Delta struggle,” he says