Registered vigilante groups in Bayelsa state have joined the men of the state police command in the search for the cultists involved in the Thursday night gruesome murder of the 16-year-old Miss Seiyefa Fred, a 100 level student of the Niger Delta University, Amassoma, by unidentified culprits at Amarata.
The vigilante groups, identified as the Bayelsa state vigilante service headed by the chairman, Evangelist Parkins Ogede, vice chairman, Chief Enifie Ide, and secretary, Comrade Ari Fekorigha, said they have offered and deployed the urban surveillance unit and some special squad to the scene of the crime, with a view to trailing the culprits.
The vigilante group, in a statement at the weekend issued by the chief press secretary to the chairman, Favour Waribo-Bekewari ,said they joined well meaning Nigerians in condemning the gruesome murder of Miss Seiyefa Fred, describing the killing as unwarranted, crude and barbaric.
According to them: “We noted with dismay that the assailants came with discreet intention to maim and kill their target, with a view to portraying the state in bad light before the international community in order to secure their inordinate ambition.”
According to the vigilante chiefs, those behind the dastardly act are working out a script from their paymasters in Lagos and Abuja, who are hell-bent on causing security confusion in the polity, stressing that the sledge hammer of government will not spare anyone found wanting of the dastardly acts.
“The urban surveillance unit and some key special squad have been drafted to the scene of crime, with a view to trailing the culprits to face the full music of the law, used the medium to warn Bayelsans especially the youths to be wary of their actions and inactions.
“We assure the government and the bereaved family that those behind the heinous crime would be fished out to face prosecution, the statement urged Bayelsans to give useful information that will aid the arrest of the fleeing suspects”.
Meanwhile, the Bayelsa state commissioner for education, Jonathan Obuebite, has said that those who cut short the life of one of his students, Miss Seiyafa Fred, at a very young age will not go unpunished.
The commissioner made the promise in his statement when he condemned the murder of the 100 level student of the state owned Niger Delta University, by a suspected gang of cultists at the Amarata axis of the state capital on the 8th of November, 2018.
Obuebite described the incident as annoying, barbaric, demonic, unnecessary and a sin that God frowns at and condemns in its totality.
“Bayelsa state has recorded success in the area of security, but it is obvious that some unscrupulous elements who are enemies of a peaceful environment are out to rubbish all that the State government is doing, and we cannot fold our hands and let it continue”.
“As the education commissioner, every child in school, private or government owned is my child and my responsibility, so I am more bitter, because one of my own, Miss Seiyefa Fred, has been denied the right to live and the government will not keep calm about this”, the commissioner assured.
Obuebite on behalf of the state education team, permanent secretary, directors and staff of the ministry of education condole with the parents, siblings, the Niger Delta University community and friends of the deceased and prayed God to give them the fortitude to bear this painful and irreparable loss
The commissioner, who frowns at the almost every day change of Commissioner of police in the state used the opportunity to call on all Bayelsans to join hands with security operatives to fish out persons involved in criminal activities irrespective of whose ox is gored.