There was confusion in Bayelsa as gunmen assassinate the Chairman, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area chapter of the National Union of Local Government Employees,Mr. Okaye Igali on Friday.
The 53-year-old Igali was reportedly murdered in a broad daylight on Friday by unknown assassins along Anyama-Ijaw road in Southern Ijaw area of the state.
Community folks said that as soon as their mission was accomplished, the suspected assassins, hurriedly escaped from the scene.
The Secretary, Anyama-Ijaw Communinity Development Committee, Warifagha Yagila, confirmed the killing of the LGA NULGE boss, saying that the victim was attacked while in a hired commercial tricycle.
The CDC Secretary noted that the deceased had boarded the tricycle to Anyama-Ijaw waterfront from where he had wished to board a speedboat before his killers, who were allegedly trailing him, opened fire on him.
Yagila, in a Whatsapp message said, “The victim (Okaye Igali) was in a tricycle going to Anyama-Ijaw waterfront where he could board a speedboat to his destination when the gunmen attacked him.
“They (assailants) left him seriously injured in the process with his intestines coming out of his stomach. Igali died a few minutes after the attack at the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, where he was rushed to.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, confirmed the killing of the 53-year-old man.
Butswat, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said in a statement on Saturday that preliminary investigations revealed that the attack on Igali, 53, was a premeditated murder.
The police spokesman said, “Okare Igali was shot and killed by unknown gunmen along Anyama-Ijaw Road in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on Friday, February 9, 2018 at about 1.44pm.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the attack was a premeditated murder. The incident was reported about three hours later. However, our tactical teams have swung into action to arrest the culprits. Investigation is ongoing.”