One suspect believed to be part of the gang that killed the clan chairman of the Movement for the Survival of the Ijaw Ethnic Nationality (MOSIEND), Comrade Big J has been arrested by men of the
Bayelsa State Police Command.
Big J, also known as Don Cici was shot at close range on Sunday July 18, at about 7 a.m. around the Swali area of the state capital, Yenagoa, where he had gone to collect money from a local cash transfer outlet and he died on the spot while his assailants escaped with the money.
Big J was the clan chairman of MOSIEND in Koluama community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State and was also a prominent member of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC).
The killing of Big J angered members of MOSEIND in the state who described his death as a big loss to them and charged the police to fish out his killers or they will go out of their way to do so themselves.
Nigerdeltaconnect gathered that the suspect was arrested on Tuesday, July 20, by the Swali Vigilante Group and the Police while he was about to make his way out of Yenagoa and has since been making useful confession to the Police.
It was also gathered that based on the confession of the suspect, a manhunt has already begun for the remaining members of the gang who are hiding within the state and looking for ways to sneak out of Yenagoa.
The Chairman, MOSEIND Central Zone, Comrade Taribolou Ogboriyo and the publicity secretary, Emmanuel Tonye Isaac in a statement, commended the Police for the arrest and urged them to arrest others responsible for the murder of one of their leaders and reliable comrade.
According to the statement the prosecution of the suspects is to serve as deterrent to other criminal elements.
”The leadership of MOSIEND Central Zone wishes to commend the Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command and the Swali vigilantes for their swift and prompt response in arresting one of the culprits who participated in the gruesome murder of Comr Big J. during the weekend with the aim of apprehending other suspects who seem to be on the run.
“We are appealing to the Police Command to remain relentless in making sure every culprit of this gruesome act is brought to book and face the full weight of the law.
“This will go forward in making sure that crime of such magnitude should not be entertained in our society and should be addressed in a manner that will serve as a lesson to others. The essence of human life is sacred and should be valued by all. We should abstain from the business of fighting and incurring hurt on our fellow Ijaw man despite our various compositions”, the statement said.
The MOSIEND leaders also appealed to the residents of the central zone to go about their lawful businesses and give useful information that will aid the security agencies in fishing out elements of destruction for the purpose of tranquillity.
The Spokesman of the State Police Command, Asinim Butswat could not be reached to confirm the arrest before this report was filed neither has he released any official statement to that effect.