The Bayelsa State Police Headquarters in Yenagoa on Monday, received Igbo traders protesting the serial killings of prominent Igbo businessmen in the State, allegedly committed by unknown gunmen, suspected to be armed robbers and hired assassins.
The traders assembled at the front of Omar’s Fashion Plaza, at the OMPADEC area of Yenagoa-Mbiama Road, forced shops to close down and marched to the State police command, to lay their complaints and plead for assistance. The irate traders claim they were particularly angry over the gruesome murder of Martins Agodo by gunmen at his Yenagoa residence in early hours of Monday.
Mr. Agodo, a popular boutique owner of ‘Omar’s Fashion Plaza’, was said to have been attacked by unknown gunmen, who broke into his house and demanded money from him. After ransacking his house, the gunmen were said to have shot and killed Mr. Agodo in cold blood in the presence of his wife.
Led by Chief Chinedu Arthur-Ugwa, the traders lamented that Mr. Agodo was killed a few days after gunmen murdered another successful Igbo businessman, Ugochukwu, also known as Ugo Best, who was killed in Azikoro village on his way home from work.
Narrating further, the Igbo traders say Ugochukwu – a successful businessman who built a big house in Azikoro village – was close to his house in the company of his wife when gunmen operating in commercial tricycles blocked his car. They dragged him out of the car and forced him into the tricycle.
His corpse was discovered the next day at the Azikoro cemetery with his hands and legs tied up. Also, the traders who say they are now scared because of these killings, and that the Igbos were no longer safe in Bayelsa State, report that another unidentified businessman was gruesomely murdered in the Tombia area, alleging that others were being harassed and injured by arm-bearing youths.
Commissioner Peter Ogunyawo and other senior police officers received the protesting traders, though he asserted that Igbo people are not being targeted in the attacks.
He assured the protestors that the command was doing everything possible to reduce crime in the State and asked the traders to share information with the authorities to enable them to effectively police the State better.