A 30-year-old serving member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have been dispossessed of his money, other valuables and then shot dead by gunmen, suspected to be robbers, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa, an official said.
Mr. Asinim Butswat, the Police Public Relations Officer at the Bayelsa Command, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Yenagoa, the state capital.
Butswat said preliminary investigation showed that the killing was cult related adding that detailed investigation was ongoing to unravel those behind the dastardly act and apprehend them.
He further added that the incident occurred on Saturday evening on Melford Okilo Road, INEC/Kpansia area of Yenagoa metropolis.
The victim, Samuel Collins, was a graduate of Engineering from the University of Benin.
Collins was accosted by the hoodlums at INEC Road junction on his way to the Nigerian Content Development and Management Board’s office on Isaac Boro Expressway, where he was undergoing training.
According to eyewitnesses at the scene, the young man was gunned down when he tried to drag his phones and valuables with his assailants.
An eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Collins was shot by the gunmen at a close range on his head.
He said the bullets from the hoodlums’ guns shattered the victim’s head resulting to massive loss of blood out of his brain.
The gunmen abandoned the lifeless body of their victim, fled the scene after collecting his phone, money and other valuables.
The 30-year-old victim gave up the ghost after struggling with death for some minutes before help could come his way belatedly.
Some of his friends described Collins as an easy-going and brilliant young man.
They also confirmed that the Police had since removed his body and deposited it at the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa.
NAN quoted them as saying that arrangements have been made to take his remains to his hometown, Port Harcourt, Rivers for burial.