There is palpable tension in Koluama community of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State following the killing of the Clan Chairman of the Movement for the Survival of the Ijaw Ethnic Nationality (MOSIEND).
The deacesed simply known as Comrade Big J, alias Don Cici was killed on Sunday morning around the Swali area of the state capital, Yenagoa by unknown gunmen suspected to be cultists.
An eyewitness said Big J died on the spot after he was shot at close range by the hoodlums while on his way to pick up money brought to him through speed boat.
According to some Ijaw youths, Big J, was a dedicated Ijaw youth advocate and also a strong member of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) until he left the council after the fall out of the last National Executive election.
A source in Koluama community, said though Big J, is a known advocate of peace and welfare for Ijaw youths, those suspected to have killed him were cultists who felt he crossed into their territory.
“I suspect that all these small cult boys that do not know him and his struggle for their welfare must have shot him. It may be a territorial killing without regard to the fact that he has abandoned that life for the struggle towards improved welfare for Ijaw youths”.
It was gathered that the remains of the deceased, who was about 50 years of age and married with kids, had been deposited at the mortuary.
Chairman of the Southern Ijaw Forum of MOSIEND, Comrade Mathew Perekebuna, condemn the killing, describing it as barbaric and called on security agencies to ensure those involved are brought to book.
On his part, the Publicity Secretary of MOSIEND, Comrade Emmanuel Tonye Isaac, while also condemning the killing, said it came to him as a rude shock.
“It is with deep sense of loss, we regret to announce the sudden demise of one of our fallen comrades in the person of Comrade Big J, the chairman of Koluama clan who was gunned down by some unknown gunmen at the early hours of Sunday 18th of July in yenagoa.”
”The leadership of Mosiend Central Zone highly condemn this gruesome act in it’s entirety. We are appealing to all security agencies to leave no stone unturned by bringing those culpable to book.
“As a law abiding body, we seek not to take the laws into our hands but we’re willing to cooperate with relevant security agencies to fish out these criminals. We condole with the family, loved ones, Koluama clan and the entire Mosiend Central Zone for this great loss”.
The State Police Command was yet to make any official statement concerning the incident as at the time of filing this report.