I wouldn’t want to start by saying that Yenagoa is no longer safe but I’ll like to give you the benefit of the doubt to make a proclamation yourself after reading these series of crime stories told by the people who live in Yenagoa.
“I called my friend that I was coming over to her place earlier in the evening as I left the house going towards the express at Okaka estate very close to the express around 8:30 pm, I noticed someone behind me, I looked behind and he was already at me. He said if I move he will shoot me, I looked at him, he had no no gun and not even a knife.
As I stood there looking at him, he said I should follow him, then I asked him to where? He held my bag, I told him to take my phone and the little cash on me and go, because am not following him to anywhere. He tried pulling me but I wouldn’t move, that was when he attacked me, punching me on my face and asking me to move or he’ll beat me to death.
It was when he couldn’t make me move he asked for my bag which I gave him and when he looked and couldn’t find anything, he left.”
This is the story of miss Wila, who was beaten to pulp and nearly raped by a hoodlum yesterday in Yenagoa. Her story is not too different from what has been happening in in Yenagoa, the capital city of Bayelsa for the pat few months now, others couldn’t tell their story because they were killed.
Fee weeks back it was the case of a 100 level student of Niger Delta University, who was shot dead by a cultist for refusing to release her iPhone. Seiyefa Fred was killed on November 8th in front of her home in Yenagoa following her refusal to surrender her newly bought iPhone.
Seiyefa was said to have traveled back home from her school following the commencement of strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
She returned home only to meet her death. After series of investigation, the vigilante group apprehended one of Seiyefa’s killers on November 16th. The suspect, 20-year-old Junior Danumunabo from Nembe Ogbolomabiri confessed to the crime.
“For me being alive is by the grace of God. I was nearly robbed by robber’s at Opolo junction yenagoa, Bayelsa State. Before this incident occurred I was at Smart Tunez Music Studio working on my brand new single for the Christmas season. I finished the song around 6pm and decided to go home and on my way back home when I encountered them began the story of John Precious Funpere, a student of Federal University Otuoke popularly known as Tyscene who nearly escaped being robbed in a keke.
I entered the keke at Biogbolo, De Rose junction and we were just three passenger inside the keke and two of the passengers dropped at Market square shopping centre so it was just me and the keke driver that was remaining and he was driving towards Tombia direction when two weird looking boys stopped the keke at Opolo junction.
One was with a suspicious school bag and other had much beards on his face. With those weird looking face and suspicious bag, immediately I jumped down to avoid any problem or injury. As I stepped down, they also came down but before they could get closer to me, I quickly entered the nearest keke that took me home. This awful incident occurred on Tuesday 13th of November 2018.” He narrated.
The same event occurred to another person on the very same busy express road and also he was smart enough to recognize what was going on due to the questions they were asking him and when he got to a particular junction, the keke driver stopped, the guy by the right came down and ordered the other guy who was still sitting inside to shoot him (the student) because he was their enemy. On hearing this, he ran off the keke I to the nearby street and entered a room where he saw 3boys & 3 girls smoking their hearts down and narrated his ordeal to them and then they escorted him back to the road after they were done.
Another incident that happened last week was that of another cultist killing his brother just because of meager five hundred naira (#500).
There are so many stories of security challenges in small Yenagoa, currently of which students are the victims of these menace. To worsen it all, the security outfit in the state, along with the state government have been pretending not to have knowledge of all these while they (Officers of the NPF) position themselves at strategic positions, collecting tithes and offerings.
Most of the culprits of these hideous crimes that have been apprehended were caught by members of the local vigilante groups. One would now begin to imagine what could be happening in the remote villages if security in Yenagoa being a city could deteriorate to this extent.
We are therefore drawing the attention of the state government and all other security agencies in Bayelsa to please beef up the security in the state. If not for the ASUU strike that has halted university academic activities in the major public institutions in the state, who knows what would be happening to students who are in the state for their academic pursuits.
A state that is not safe cannot attract investors and a state without investors cannot develop and when there’s no development in the state, the standard of living will be nothing to write home about. Let’s restore peace and safety to Yenagoa.
It would also interest you to know that the LGA has just an area of 706 km² and a population of 352,285 at the 2006 census.