It was bad news on Goodnews street on Monday where unknown gunmen on Monday opened fire on two unidentified victims in the Bayelsa state capital of Yenagoa.
According to eyewitnesses, the assailants, about three in number, intercepted the victims who were driving through the Azikoro suburb.
In what appeared to be a coordinated assassination, two gunmen, receiving directions from a third, opened fire on the vehicle the victims were in. According to reports after firing off the first round, the gunmen were ordered to step back and open fire again.
Community sources said one gunman fired through the car doors while the other attacked through the windshield, raining the car with bullets.
A leader in the community said the victims were not known faces in the community and the gunmen were not recognizable either.
Police spokesman in the state, Mr. Fidelis Odunwa, confirmed the incident and said an investigation is ongoing. They suspect the killings to be cult related, but are not certain of it yet.
Following rumors that the victims were aides to the state governor, Seriake Dickson, his media aide released a short statement refuting the claims.
“We wish to debunk claims and insinuations that the persons killed are security aides to the governor. They are actually repentant militants working closely with Joint Task Force, JTF, the police and State Security Services, SSS.
“Government wish to condemn in the strongest terms the killing of two people in Yenagoa. Government is working closely with the security agencies to unravel the perpetrators of this dastardly act and bring them to book.”
“Governor Dickson is deeply sad by this incident and wish to condone with the families of the deceased.”