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Massive Protest Rocks Bayelsa Over Killing Of Youth Leader

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Youths from the Epie and Atissa Kingdoms in the Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on Saturday stormed major roads to protest the killing of a youth from the Biogbolo-Epie community.

It was gathered that the victim, Goodluck Oviekeme Izigwe, reportedly died in the custody of police.

Protesting the death of Izigwe, the youths on Saturday blocked the Biogbolo-Epie section of the Mbiama-Yenagoa Road and the Isaac Boro Expressway with canopies, tyres and sticks, stopping vehicular movement.

Recall that Izigwe was accused of carrying out attacks on police patrol teams in the state.

Confirming his death, the police’s spokesman in Bayelsa State, SP Asinim Butswat, said that the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Echeng E. Echeng, has ordered for a discreet investigation and autopsy to determine the cause of death of the suspect.

He said: “The deceased suspect was arrested in connection with the armed robbery incident that occurred on 21 September 2021, at Biogbolo, Yenagoa, when hoodlums attacked Police Patrol team, fatally injured Inspector Ugbotor Sunday and carted away his riffle.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that Goodluck Oviekeme was the mastermind of the attack on the patrol team.

“He was arrested on 22 September, 2021 at about 0300 hours, while in Police custody the suspect was observed to be running high temperature and was rushed to the hospital where he eventually died.

“The CP condoles with the family of the deceased and assures the general public that an investigation has commenced and the outcome will be made public,” he said

George Oshogwe Ogbolu is a Digital Media Strategist | Content Writer | Journalist | New Media Influencer | Proofreader and a Deputy Editor at Naija News.