Police Public Relations Officer of Bayelsa State, Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident on Monday, adding that the police had launched a manhunt for the killers.
The Bayelsa state government says it intends to create at least 7,000 temporary jobs through the implementation of projects funded from the $50 million development loan obtained from the World Bank.
This is coming less than one month after a Yenagoa-based broadcast journalist, Famous Giobaro, was also killed by unknown gunmen.
According to a statement by the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, an NSCDC operative, on April 28, allegedly shot at the medical doctor’s car, who at the time was carrying his wife and two children, for hitting a stray dog.
The Bayelsa state government has said that it was not part of any purported hiring of consultants by the Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, in order to receive the first tranche of the Paris club refunds from the federal government.
The Bayelsa State Government said that the delay in the release of the second tranche of the Paris Club refunds by the federal government is frustrating its plans to clear backlog of workers’ salaries and implement infrastructure projects.
Leaders of Egebekiri community said the protest was because AGIP oil company has not paid them any form of royalties or related fees due to them since it started oil exploration in the community over 40 years ago.
The NUJ called on the Inspector General of Police,IGP, Ibrahim Idris, to deploy all necessary resources at his disposal to apprehend the killers of the journalist and bring them to justice.
The protesting journalists charged the State government to ensure security of lives and property in the state, while urging the police to fish out the killers of their colleague.
The NUJ president of Radio Bayelsa, Tonye Yemoleigha thas said that he has instructed his lawyers to commence an assault and defamation action against the General Manager of the station, John Idumange.