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Gunmen kill Bayelsa Assembly deputy clerk

Posted: Apr 21, 2015 at 2:50 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma –  Correspondent,Yenagoa


The security challenge in Bayelsa State has worsened with the tragic killing of the Deputy Clerk of the state House of Assembly, Geoffrey Nemine on Sunday evening along Human Rights Road in Agudama-Epie, a suburb of the state capital, Yenagoa by yet to be identified gunmen.

The attack on Nemine came barely 24 hours after another gang of  gunmen  dressed in mobile police uniform burgled the palatial home of President Goodluck Jonathan’s Senior Special Assistant on Domestic Matters, Waripamowei Dudafa, in Yenagoa, on Saturday.

The gunmen, numbering 10, carted away an undisclosed sum of money after destroying the safe kept in one of the rooms of Dudafa’s residence in Okaka Estate in the state capital.

Sources said the Deputy Clerk, who was from Ekeremor Local Government Area, was eating at his wife’s shop directly in front of his residence on Sunday evening when he was shot in the forehead by his assailants.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Bayelsa Police Command, Asinim Butswat, confirmed the killing of Nemine.

He said one of the ring leaders has been arrested in connection with the killing but declined giving his name.

It was learnt that the assailants had earlier demanded for undisclosed amount of money from the couple which they reportedly gave them and they left, only to return and shot the deceased at point-blank range.

Nemine was said to have died before he could be rushed to the hospital for treatment.

“He and his wife were at her shop around 8.00pm when armed robbers came and demanded money from them which they gave to the robbers.  The robbers later came back and shot him on the forehead; before he could be rushed to the hospital, he gave up the ghost,” an eyewitness said.

But the police Spokesman, Butswat, said Nemine was hit by a stray bullet from a clash by rival cult groups in the area and that one of the arrow heads was in custody while the police were tracking down the others at large.

Although he declined giving the name of the cult group, Butswat, however, explained that the police had yet to verify the veracity of accounts by eyewitnesses at the scene of the shooting.

Nemine’s death is coming on the heels of the death of a member of the House of Assembly representing Ogbia Constituency 2, Obedient Emoto, who died from health complications on April 7.

As at the time filing this report on Monday the state House of Assembly had yet to issue any statement on the Deputy Clerk’s tragic killing.

But those who worked with him said he was a committed and hardworking gentleman.