A young man, Ebamugha Akeni, was shot dead in the early hours of on Sunday by some Fulani herdsmen at the riverside town of Torfani in Sagbama local government area of Bayelsa State.
The deceased, a cement merchant in his early thirties, it was learnt was planning to tie the knot with his heart throb before his untimely demise.
Sources from the riverside town told our correspondent that the deceased was returning to Trofani from Odi when he was attacked by some armed Fulani herdsmen along the lonely Odi-Trofani road.
Though the motive of his assailant could not be immediately ascertained, it was learnt that the leadership of the community had earlier expelled the herdsmen from their land following complaints by the community folks of the destruction of the crops on their farmland.
The deceased youth who was riding on his motorcycle was said to have been shot on approaching a bend curve on the road leading to Trofani town but managed to escape into the forest with gunshot injuries from where he allegedly used his mobile phone to alert the community folks of his ordeal.
A search party was reportedly organized which found him in his pool of blood.
He was rushed him to the Sagbama General Hospital where the doctor referred him to the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri where he gave up the ghost.
The attack on the youth, it was learnt, is now causing tension in the area as the community youths have vowed to avenge the killing.
Contacted, the state police public relations officer, Mr. Alex Akhigbe confirmed the killing, “yes we are aware of the Fulani herdsmen attack and death of a youth.”
He said though the Fulani herdsmen are on the run, a suspect who brought them to the community had been arrested and is helping the police in ongoing investigation.
Akhigbe urged the natives to go about their normal businesses said the police was on top of the situation assuring that the long arm of the law would catch up with the fleeing herdsmen in no distant time as its operatives are on their trail.