- The Bayelsa police command said it has launched a manhunt for the killers of 2 NYSC members
- The corps members were killed on Wednesday night, March 20, by suspected cultists
The police in Bayelsa has launched a manhunt for the killers of two National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members in the state.
Suspected cultists on Wednesday night, March 20, attacked the residence of corps members along School Road in Yenagoa, killing two and injuring another critically.
In a statement on Thursday, March 21, the command’s spokesman, DSP Asinim Butswat, reiterated the commitment of the police to fighting crime and all forms of criminality in the state.
He said: “On March 20, 2019, at about 2200hours, armed robbers numbering about seven, attacked the residence of one Jerry Yeseme Moses, proprietor of a school at Swalli, Yenagoa.
“The armed robbers instantly shot and killed one corps member, Oluwatobi Popoola, male, 30 years; they also shot one George Onokpoma, male and Anthony Dada.
“The victims were rushed to the Federal Medical Center, Yenagoa, where George Onokpoma was confirmed dead, while Anthony Dada is responding to treatment.
“The command has launched a manhunt for the unknown gunmen, and investigation is ongoing.’’
Butswat also disclosed that two masked gunmen operating on a motorcycle, kidnapped an eight-year-old girl in their home in Yenagoa, at about 8.10pm on Monday, March 18.
He, however, said that the girl, Dora, daughter of one 40-year-old Amara Diekedie, had been safely rescued.
He said that when the command’s control room was alerted, it responded swiftly, pursued the kidnappers and gunned down one of them.
“The victim was rescued safely and two locally-fabricated AK47 rifle were recovered, while a suspect was arrested,” the spokesman said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that eleven corps members paraded on Friday, March 1 by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Maj.-Gen. Jamil Sarham, claimed that they were threatened by thugs into rigging elections.
A youth corps member, Tuatimi James Powell, who served as a presiding officer for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said thugs sent by some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers state bundled them into a bus.
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