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Gunmen on rampage in Yenagoa

By Samuel Oyadongha

Yenagoa – Suspected cultists shot dead a policeman and his landlord, Sunday, in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital. The policeman’s neighbour was also injured.

The tragic incident which occurred at Akenfa suburb of the state capital, it was gathered, caused panic among residents and shop owners who scampered for safety at the sound of gunshots.

Last week at Opolo, a middle-aged man was gunned down. There was also another attack at Ogbia, where a former militant was reportedly shot dead by unknown gunmen.

The latest attack, Sunday night, had further heightened fears in the capital city.

The victim, it was learnt, was attached to the ‘C’ Division, Akenfa.

Though the motive for the attack could not be immediately ascertained, sources told Vanguard that the deceased might have been killed by accident.

It was gathered that two rival gangs were involved in a shoot-out in the area and that the policeman and his landlord might have been hit by stray bullets.

The remains of the deceased have been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre mortuary, while the injured victim is receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Eguavoen Omokpai, confirmed the incident.

He said a traffic policeman and his landlord lost their lives in an attack, while another youth was severely injured.

He added that the matter was being investigated. No arrest, he noted, had been made.

The recent upsurge in violent killing in Yenagoa and its environs is gradually crippling night life in the Bayelsa State capital, as most residents were now compelled to retire home early.


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