Two members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have been shot dead and another critically injured in the Swali area of Yenagoa by members of a seven-man gang that were in the trail of a target, according to police sources.
The gunmen, who are now being hunted by the police, were said to have burst into the apartment of the Corpers on Thursday evening and shot them while the target escaped, according to eyewitness accounts.
A police statement said the victims, Popoola Oluwatobi, graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) died on the spot and George Onokpoma died at the Federal Medical Centre while Anthony Gbenga Dada is responding to treatment.
The statement signed by PPRO Asinim Butswat said “On 20 March, 2019 at about 2200hours, armed robbers numbering about seven, attacked the residence of one Jerry Yeseme Moses ‘m’ proprietor of a school, at Swali, Yenagoa. The armed robbers instantly shot and killed one Corper Oluwatobi Popoola ‘m’ 30 years, they also shot one George Onokpoma ‘m’ and Anthony Gbenga Dada. The victims were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, where George Onokpoma was confirmed dead, while Anthony Gbenga is responding to treatment.”
Meanwhile, the police said they rescued an eight year old girl, Dora Diekidie who was kidnapped same day by two masked men who were operating in a motorcycle, pursued after them and killed one while two locally fabricated AK47s were recovered in the nearby bush.
In another incident Thursday, police operatives on surveillance at Swali arrested a notorious ritualist, 17-year old Precious Egbo who was in possession of a locally made pistol and one live cartridge.
The statement said Egbo confessed to be a member of a cult group and volunteered useful information while investigations are ongoing.
“On 20 March, 2019 at about 1730 hours, Police Operatives on Surveillance at Swali, Yenagoa, arrested a notorious cultist, one Precious Egbo ‘m’ 17 years, in possession of a locally made pistol and one live cartridge. The suspect a confessed member of a cult group, has volunteered useful information. Investigation is ongoing,” the statement read.
The police command reiterated its commitment to fighting crime and all forms of criminality in the state despite daring attempts by hoodlums to disrupt the peace of Yenagoa metropolis.
The police also paid a condolence visit to the State Coordinator NYSC, Lotto Bolade to convey their condolence to the families of the deceased and the entire NYSC family and reassured the public and all corps members of their security.