By Kingsley Braide
The Bayelsa State Government said preliminary investigation into the recent shootings at Erepa Road and Agudama-Epie, in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state suggested that they were cult related.
The State Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Strategy, Hon. Ayiba Duba made this known in a statement issued to journalists on Wednesday.
He confirmed that two people died during the shootings; one at Erepa road and the other at Agudama-Epie while few others sustained varying degrees of injuries at Erepa.
According to him, those injured are currently receiving medical attention in various hospitals with most of them already discharged.
The Commissioner clarified that from the outcome of the interim investigation, the shootings are not connected to a recent attack on a man and his son by suspected fulani herdsmen in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area.
The statement read in part: “Preliminary investigation by security agencies suggests that the shooting is cult related and that there is clearly no nexus between the runaway shootings at Agudama-Epie and Erepa, and the Otuoke incidence.
“Government condoles with the families of those who are affected by the unfortunate development and has taken over the medical bills of the injured.
“Government wishes to assure the citizenry that Government is closely working with the security operatives to ensure that the gang members involved in the dastardly act are brought to book.
“Government is also committed to doing everything within its powers to ensure that such sad events never occurred again.
“Citizens are therefore enjoined to go about their lawful businesses and cooperate with the authorities in efforts at bringing the perpetrators to justice”.