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Gunmen, suspected by police to be members of a cult group, killed a 30-year-old National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member and stole his cell phone and money in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State on Saturday night.
The Public Relations Officer of the Bayelsa State Police Command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the incident on Sunday in Yenagoa, said that preliminary investigation showed that the crime was most likely cult-related.
He added that an investigation was ongoing, vowing to arrest and apprehend those responsible for the dastardly act.
According to the police, the incident occurred on Saturday evening on Melford Okilo Road, INEC/Kpansia area of Yenagoa metropolis.
The victim, Samuel Collins, who hailed from Port Harcourt in neighboring Rivers State, was a graduate of engineering from the University of Benin.
Mr. Collins was reportedly accosted by the hoodlums at INEC Road junction on his way to the Nigerian Content Development and Management Board’s office on Isaac Boro Expressway, where he was undergoing training.
According to eyewitnesses at the scene, the young man was shot in the head at close range and died minutes later.
The gunmen abandoned the lifeless body of their victim and fled the scene with his phone, money and other valuables.
Some of Mr. Collins’ friends described him as an easy-going and brilliant young man.
They confirmed that the police have since removed his body and deposited it at the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre in Yenagoa.
According to them, arrangements were being made to take his remains to his hometown for burial.