There is no sight yet to the end of the menacing insecurity plaguing Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital.
Our correspondent gathered that several residents who went for the New Year eve service in different parts of the Yenagoa metropolis were attacked by armed bandits.
It was learnt that while Christian faithful were getting prepared to go to their respective worship centres to herald the New Year, men of the underworld were equally getting prepared to unleash terror on them.
Though there was no report of loss of lives during the period, it was learnt that suspected armed cultists and robbers raided stores, wounding and dispossessing unsuspecting residents of their possessions.
According to sources, most of the victims were those going for or returning from the new year crossover services.
For instance, a civil servant who was identified as Mr. Drokeme said he fell victim to a gang of armed miscreants along Imgbi Road, Amarata in Yenagoa while he was returning from the New Year eve service.
According to him, he was stabbed with knives and dispossessed of his belongings including his cell phone and cash.
"I was saved by the grace of God. If not, I would have been killed by hoodlums who attacked me along Imgbi road while I was returning from the New Year service.
"A group of boys numbering about five accosted me and asked me to submit my bag to them. When I initially hesitated, one of them brought out his dagger and began to stab me.
"They now overpowered me and collected the bag from me, removed the phone and some money that was inside and returned the empty bag to me and left me with blood all over my body", he recounted.
While thanking God for saving his life, Drokeme called on the state government and security agents to clampdown on those terrorizing the state capital so that residents could go about their normal businesses without fear.
Similarly, a lady identified as Madam Vera who runs a beer parlour at Yenizuegene community in the state capital said her bar was robbed on the same new year eve while guests were enjoying themselves.
"A group of boys stormed my place of business this night with guns in their hands and collected everything I sold and also robbed all my guests who were outside. They collected all their phones and money", she lamented.
In the same vein, another resident of Yenizuegene, Mrs. Vieseme told our correspondent that some armed youths came to her compound in the evening and pointed a gun at her little boy of two years who was playing with her phone and threatened to shoot at anybody who dares to challenge them.
"They came suddenly and pointed a gun at my little son because he was playing with my own phone. They threatened to shoot my son if anybody comes out. So, I begged them to collect the phone and leave my son.
"So, they collected the phone and went to the building opposite us and also robbed them before they finally left", the lady narrated.
It was also learnt that a pedicure expert around the area was robbed alongside his costumers within the same locality that night.
Meanwhile, the newly posted Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Aminu Saleh said he was happy that no life was lost to criminals in the state during and after the yuletide, adding that it was a sign of improved security in the state and promised to work harder to ensure lasting peace in the state.