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The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) held in Sagbama Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, on Friday turned bloody.

Naija News reports that at least one person was killed and others injured in violence that broke out at the convention.

The convention was organised to constitute an electoral committee for the forthcoming IYC Worldwide election.

Sources disclosed to The Nation that crisis broke out during the convention after some youths opposed members of the electoral committee chaired by a lawyer, Bekewei Ajuwa.

The Chairman IYC, Central Zone, while confirming the incident, described it as unfortunate and blamed it on the activities of cultists.

He said: “Apart from the killing, which was caused by activities of some cultists, the convention was concluded and the eleco was also constituted.

“Some persons felt they were not comfortable with the eleco members and instead of being civil in their grievance, they went violent.

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“In IYC, we have warned repeatedly against turning our activities into a theatre of war. We have also warned stakeholders against bringing cultism into our activities.”

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