John ODHE, Yenagoa
As the lockdown occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic persists, there are resurgent cases of armed robbery and cult killings in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital.
TNN gathered that suspected armed robbers and cult groups are busy carrying out their nefarious acts in different parts of the state capital, dispossessing unsuspecting residents of their valuables.
Some of the hot beds for renewed armed robbery cases and cult activities within the period under review include Etegwe-Tombia Roundabout, Brass Street, Okutukutu, Swali, Yenizue-gene and other parts of the Yenagoa metropolis.
This medium gathered that a rival cult group yet to be identified, on Friday, struck at Brass Burrowpit road, Okutukutu, killing a young man who is said to be a native of Sagbama local government area of the state (name witheld) and robbed tricycle riders and passengers.
The chairman, Keke Riders Association, Brass Burrowpit road, Mr. Vincent Dede narrated that the gun men came from the Melford Okilo Expressway and shot their victim at the Keke loading point, noting that they had suffered many hoodlums attacks in recent times in the area.
“They came from the other side of the road, shouting “this is the boy” but the boy was responding, “l am not a bad boy”. Immediately, we heard a gunshot and all of us ran away. It was when we returned that we saw the dead body of the boy on the ground.
“The bad boys come here everyday, sometimes, at 7:pm to rob us and our passengers and residents, collecting our money, people’s hanbags and phones. When we call the police, they don’t respond. When Operation Doo Akpo come with their vehicles, they would only patrol the area and go back,” he said, calling on the state government to come to their aid.
At Etegwe-Tombia roundabout, residents of the area and commuters narrated their ordeals in the hands of the bandits who attacked and robbed them almost on daily basis, carting away their valuables unperturbed.
A lady victim who refused to be named said “recently, around 7:pm, l was in a Keke back to my home. These guys attacked me. They were with guns and machetes. They collected everything l had, my money, phone and other things that were in my bag. I was only lucky that they did not hurt me that day. It was only God that saved my life.
“We call on the state government and the security people to please do something to save our lives here in Etegwe. The place is too bad. We need help.”
It was also gathered that in places like Swali, Yenizue-gene and many other parts of the state capital, the rampaging hoodlums move from street to street especially in the evenings to rob their victims, thereby causing serious scare among residents who are already traumatized by the increasing coronavirus cases and deaths in the country.