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 a 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 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, cause 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 axe is gored.
He assured that the state government will do all within its powers to bring the perpetrators of this wicked act to justice.
Seiyefa, a 100 level student of the Bayelsa state owned university, the Niger Delta University, Ammassoma in Southern Ijaw local government area, was shot dead by suspected cultists during an attempt to snatch her mobile phone.
Miss Seiyefa Fred, who is in her teens, was shot dead at Amarata area of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state.capital.
It was gathered that Miss Seiyesa was shot dead while resisting and refusing to give them her smart phone.
According to eyewitnesses: “The incident happened at about 8pm beside Zenith Bank in Amarata area. The suspected street cultists, who were on the prowl, shot her and ran away with her phone leaving her dead on the ground.
“Resident of the area came out and rushed her to the hospital, but she later passed out. She is currently at the mortuary.
Already, most of the residents of the Bayelsa state capital blamed the state government and the state command of the Nigerian police for the poor security arrangement that allowed cultists to roam free around town, killing and injuring residents.
A check showed that the red spots in the state where suspected cultists hold sway, include the Obele, Abor Road, Saint Peters area, Amarata, Kpansia, Opolo and Tombia area of the State capital.
While many claimed the killings and violent crimes is as a result of the frosty relationship between the Governor Seriake Dickson and the Bayelsa police command over choice of state police commissioner, others claimed the state police command is due to have a special shake up due to the rising alleged corruption among the rank and file and officers of the command.
Most wanted notorious cultists are arrested, detained and released with amount such as N400,000 or N800,000 exchanging hands with the director of public prosecution allegedly recommending no case submission.
It would be recalled that when the residents took laws into their hands and embarked on mass jungle justice for cultists and criminals, some known former cultists and leaders of the various cult gangs in the state became worried and mount mass campaign against the actions.
Some stakeholders on the facebook page of deceased student called for a proper review of the state security system and ensure that a special security outfit such as Famou Tamgbe, a security outfit initiated during the administration of the former Governor Timipre Sylva is brought back.
They blamed the Governor Seriake Dickson administration of frustrating the police security arrangement on the platter form of politics. They accused him of wicked penchant for raising alarm whenever a police commissioner is replaced from police headquarters.
Governor Dickson recently accused the newly deployed commissioner of police of being loyal to the All Progressive Congress (APC). At the last count, over seven police commissioners have been posted to Bayelsa state within the last few months.
On the deceased Seifa Fred page, one Gideon Whill G Owili wrote: “Bayelsa state is being insecure, a friend of mine seyifa Fred which was one of my hardcore fan, which was online some hours ago just got shot to dead cause of a phone which she refused to give them, they shot her and took the phone @amarata zenith bank axis.
“What is Bayelsa state turning into and we have security in this state I write in tears and in deep sorrows please change the government SERIAKE DICKSON.”
Another facebook user, Diweri Benibile Arowosoki, said: “Till it happens to their children, they won’t take action. That’s how my sister was robbed at gun point in Gwegwe few weeks ago, after the whole robbery the boys had the guts to tell her correct girl, you too much. She was even inside private car.”
Contacted on the development, the authorities of the Bayelsa state police command, confirmed that “On 8 November, 2018, at about 2030hours, unknown suspected cultists at Amarata, Yenagoa, shot one Seiyefa Fred ‘f’ 16years, while trying to dispossess her of her mobile phone. The victim was immediately rushed to the hospital, where she was confirmed dead.”
The Bayelsa state command in a statement issued by its spokesperson, DSP AsImin Butswat, stated that “The police have swung into action and are working on a promising lead on the identity of the suspects and efforts have been intensified to arrest them.
“The command has embarked on community engagement meetings with relevant youth bodies in a bid to stem the tide of cult related activities. Members of the public should continue to assist the Police with useful information to combat crime in Bayelsa state.”