NEDU MARK, YENAGOA
There was tension in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, Wednesday, as heavy gun battle erupted between a dreaded cult group and men of the Nigerian Police, leading to the death of a 20 year old man identified as Blessing Amakiri, a native of Southern Ijaw local government Area of Bayelsa state
The incident which occurred at the Ovom axis of Yenagoa at about 4.30pm left residents in fear as they scampered for safety.
The deceased who was visiting the state capital for the first time died instantly. His corpse was initially abandoned by the Police who later returned to take it away.
It was gathered that trouble started when three policemen from ‘A’ Division went to the area which is notorious for drugs and cultism to arrest a suspect.
The policemen were met by some cultists who asked them to leave the area and when they refused to leave, the cultists began to rain missiles, including stones and broken bottles, on them.
A senior police officer who arrived the scene was said to have ordered the policemen to go after the cultists which is believed to have resulted in the sporadic exchange of gunfire.
When contacted over the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Asinim Butswat, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP, said the incident occurred when policemen were responding to a distress call about a clash between rival cult groups, Icelanders and Greenlanders.
Butswat said the corpse of Amakiri was identified by his mother and has been deposited in the mortuary of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Yenagoa, while investigations are ongoing.
The police spokesman disclosed that two persons were arrested and detained in connection with the incident and that at the conclusion of investigations, the file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for further advice.