Bayelsa, home to Nigerias oil wealth is in the news again but this time for the wrong reasons. In the late hours of Wednesday, gunmen numbering about seven, stormed the residence of a private school proprietor in Swali, a suburb of Yenagoa, shooting to death two members of the National Youth Service Corps, a third corporation is said to be at the Federal Medical Centre in Yenagoa recovering from injuries sustained during the shooting.
The two of the dead corps members were identified as Popoola Olamide, a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, and an indigene of Oyo state and one George Onokpoma. The third corps member is, Anthony Dada, and he is responding to treatment.
Recall that in recent times, especially since after the just concluded elections, a lot of cult related killings have been reported to have occurred in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, according to reports, over 15 persons have lost their lives, in the last two weeks, no fewer than two policemen, have lost their lives in the state capital alone.
The deceased NYSC members were serving their compulsory national assignment at a private school, Victory Group of Schools very near their abode, and when the house was visited, blood was seen on the floor while on the walls of the room, bullet holes were allover the place.
Eye witnesses confirmed that the assailants numbering about seven, arrived the residence around 10.30pm. According to one of the eye witnesses
“We heard gunshots from the corps members’ room. One of them was heard shouting “Jesus” and asking what their crime was.”
The state police spokesman, Asimim Butswats, said that a manhunt is on already to apprehend the gunmen who carried out this dastardly act. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Olusola David, later paid a condolence visit to state Director of the NYSC, Mrs Lotto Bolade, at the state secretariat, the commissioner expressed shock over the incident and assured the NYSC that the police force will do all within it’s power to ensure the safety of serving corps members in Bayelsa state.
In her response, the state director noted that attacks on corps members in the state had become worrisome. According to her
“These hoodlums have been attacking corps members serially. There is hardly a day that passes where we don’t record a case of a corps member being attacked by these youths in the state, especially in Yenagoa”
She however confirmed that the third corps member survived as the bullet did not do much damage to his body.