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2019 Elections: Panic Over Ritual Killings In Yenagoa

  • Written by  John Odhe, Yenagoa
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2019 Elections: Panic Over Ritual Killings In Yenagoa

The already disheartening security situation in Bayelsa state has assumed a more dangerous dimension.

Our correspondent learnt that the people of Akenfa community, a suburb of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, on Thursday, woke up to a gory sight of a lifeless unidentified woman whose vital organs had been dismembered.

Also on Friday morning, a similar incidence happened in the same area, when another woman was found dead with her private parts removed.

The development has left residents of the area and other parts of the state capital jittery even as many describe it as politically motivated ritual killings.

A woman from the neighbourhood told TNN that the Friday morning victim had gone to evacuate her wastebasket around 5am when she was dragged to a nearby bush and hacked to death by unidentified persons.

The woman, who feared to be named said "we were told that the woman went to throw away her waste bin this morning and while she was returning, some men dragged her to the bush and killed her.

"We heard that she was shouting but no one came to her help. When they had gone, people now ran out and found out that they have removed her private parts.

"The politicians should go and kill their own children and their parents for power. This is what we experience during election periods. They should leave innocent people alone to live their lives".

Confirming the incidents, the Police Public Relations Officer in charge of the Bayelsa state Police Command, Mr. Asinim Butswat said the command was aware of the two incidents, adding that investigations were on to unravel the gruesome killings causes and the culprits.

He, however, adduced that the situation could be a case of a certain mad man hacking people at Akenfa community in Yenagoa.

"If you look at the similar nature of the deaths in the way the heads of the two victims were bruised with a heavy object, it is suggestive of a certain mad man killing people in that community", he said.

Butswat urged residents especially women to be security conscious and avoid solitary movements especially at nights.

Also, an unconfirmed source told our correspondent that three pupils who were returning from a private school on Friday afternoon in Yenagoa were reportedly abducted by unknown gunmen.

The ugly trend is coming few days to the 2019 general elections of which the political atmosphere in the state is already tense.

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Aminu Saleh has described as worrisome the rate of cult related activities in the state.

The CP, who spoke at a one day workshop organized by the Nigeria Union of Journalists on the 2019 elections coverage, noted that the major insecurity challenge facing the state was cultism.

He noted that there was no section of the society in Bayelsa that had not got involved in one level of cultism or the other.

Speaking on the challenges and preparedness of the police ahead of the polls, Saleh revealed that there were a large number of arms in possession of individuals in the state.

He said "the worst now is the number of arms that we have on the streets of Bayelsa. Almost all the communities have countless number of arms in their possession. One begins to wonder, is it election or is it war?

The commissioner, however, assured Bayelsans that the command was prepared to provide adequate security for journalists, the electorates and contesters before, during and after the forthcoming elections.


Buhari's Aide Attacks Usani Over Alleged Deceitful Orders

A presidential aide, Okoi Obono-Obla has pilloried the minister for Niger Delta, Usani Uguru Usani and members of his faction of the APC in Cross River State, over what he called a deceitful court injunction obtained from an Abuja court.

Obono-Obla said in a statement that the said court order never gave any directive to INEC not to publish the name of Senator John Owan Enoh as gubernatorial candidate of the APC in the state, as well as those of other candidates of the party for the national and state assembly elections.

The social media have been inundated with postes that give the impression that the court had restrained INEC from publishing the names of the candidates. But

Obono-Obla explained that even if it was correct that the court did give the order, it was a nullity because the names had been published before the court action.

' The Order is to the effect that the res should be preserved, all parties are  to maintain the status quo ante pending the determination of the substantive matter.

“The previously existing state affairs were that the name of Senator John Owan-Enoh was submitted by APC and it published by INEC as the flag bearer of the party for Governorship election in Cross River State scheduled for the 2 March 2019.”

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