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Police kill one, arrest 2 others over killing of Igbo trader in Bayelsa

By Samuel Oyadongha

Yenagoa—The Bayelsa State Police Command, yesterday, confirmed the killing of one of the robbery suspects that shot dead an Igbo trader on Monday at the Amarata suburb of Yenagoa, the state capital.

It was gathered that one out of the four-man armed gang was killed in a shoot-out with the police while two others were apprehended.

The hoodlums were said to have stormed the residence of their victim, identified as Ejike Agodo, in a commercial tricycle known as Keke Napep and shot him dead.

Though it was gathered that the deceased desperate calls to the emergency line of the police did not yield quick response due to the inaccessibility of the scene of crime, the armed gang ran into the patrol vehicle while escaping from the scene.

The response team of the police reportedly accosted the gang members along the Oxbow lake axis of Swali and engaged them in a shootout.

A source said: “One of the robbers was shot dead while two others were arrested.

“One of the arrested robbers told one of the patrol officers that the leader of the team and person who identified the house of the trader for attack is a resident of the Amarata community.”

Contacted, the spokesman of the state Police Command, Asinim Butswat, confirmed the arrest of the suspects and recovery of four locally made pistols.

“Yes, some suspects were arrested but I don’t known their identity yet,” he said.

It will be recalled that the shooting to death of the boutique owner on Monday provoked a protest by traders of Eastern extraction in the state.

Ejike, who recently married was shot dead at 3.30p.m., few days to his planned trip overseas for shopping to stock his boutique.

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