By Samuel Oyadongha
YENAGOA—THE Government House photographer, Reginald Dei, who was reportedly shot by men in Army uniform in Oweikorogha, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, during the last presidential and National Assembly elections, is dead.
A statement by the Director Corporate Communications, Governor’s Office, Chief Nathan Egba-Ologo, stated that the photographer died after battling to survive the lethal wounds from the gunshots in a Yenagoa hospital Sunday night.
Dei was shot alongside the leader of the PDP in Oweikorogha community, Mr. Seidougha Taribi, while the duo were waiting for the outcome of the election in their ward at the politician’s residence.
While Dei who was initially taken for dead survived the attack until Sunday night, Taribi died on the spot.
Egba-Ologo called on the relevant security agencies to investigate activities of the various security agents in the state, to bring the culprits to book.
He added that while the state was mourning the unfortunate murder of Taribi and Dei as a result of the brigandage that rocked the parts of the state during the presidential election, thugs working for All Progressives Congress, APC, chieftains have been allowed to wreak havoc in Nembe Bassambiri.
He said further that the rampaging thugs have sacked the mobile policemen and the operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, on deployment in the besieged community.
He called on the leadership of the Nigerian Army and the other security agencies to prevent brigandage and a breakdown of law and order in the area ahead of the next elections.
He urged the security agencies to adhere strictly to their constitutional responsibility to ensure the provision of security and the requisite environment in the next elections.
However, in a swift reaction, Bayelsa State Chapter of APC, has dissociated itself from the electoral violence in Oweikorogha, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.
State Publicity Secretary of Bayelsa APC, Mr. Doifie Buokoribo, in a statement, yesterday, in Yenagoa dismissed insinuations by the state governor and PDP in the state that Seidougha Taribi was a victim of violence perpetrated by APC supporters.
He said: “APC is concerned that the houses of our members and their relations have been burnt in the community and property looted.
“Our members are also being hunted for possible assassination.
“The party condemns this unnecessary insult in Oweikorogha. APC is the victim, not the aggressor.
“We call on the armed and security forces to restore law and order in Oweikorogha community. Our members and other peace-loving residents in Southern Ijaw need protection.”