Men of the Bayelsa State Police Command have arrested a 34-year-old man, Zifaghe Mathias for allegedly shooting a teenager at Ikebiri community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state after a dispute over illegal bunkering activity.
The suspect, Zifaghe Mathias, was reported to have shot the teenager in the leg during an altercation between him and the anti-oil bunkering team deployed by the Chairman of the Ikebiri Development Committee, Comrade Nimitei Osain.
It was gathered that the victim, Ayibateke Osain, who was among the anti-illegal oil bunkering team and a younger brother to the CDC Chairman, was caught by one of the bullets released by the suspect during the fracas that resulted in tension in the area.
A source in the community told newsmen that the suspect was alleged to be in the company of well-known illegal bunkerers when the anti-illegal oil bunkering group arrived the site to stop their illicit activities.
The source said: “Zifaghe Mathias came forward to challenge them on the reasons why they chose to visit their bunkering site. And when they were trying to explain reasons why the group visited their camp, the suspect, Zifaghe, was shouting and threatening to shoot with the rifle hanging on his shoulder.
“Before anyone knew it, he released a volley of shots and everyone scampered for safety. But the victim was not so lucky as his legs were shattered. He is now in the hospital in Yenagoa”.
It was also gathered that the suspect was among about 15 youths arrested at Southern Ijaw with heavy arms and ammunition by the men of the Nigerian Army during the 2019 Presidential election in Ikebiri 1 community and he is currently facing trial.
The Spokesman of the State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, could not be reached immediately to confirm the arrest of the suspect and equally give more details of the issue.