By Samuel Oyadongha
SUSPECTED cultists, Wednesday night, invaded a building housing some National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, members at the Swali suburb of Yenagoa, and shot dead two corps members, while another was injured.
The deceased corps members were identified as Popoola Oluwatobi, a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, an indigene of Oyo State, and George Onokpoma.
While Popoola was killed on the spot, Onokpoma was confirmed dead at the Federal Medical Centre where he was rushed to for treatment.
Vanguard learned that the attack which occurred at about 10.30p.m. in the densely-populated area, was carried out by seven suspected cultists.
A resident who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said: “We heard gunshot from the direction of the Corps members’ room. One of them was heard shouting “Jesus” repeatedly and at the same time asking what was their crime. Another shot sounded and there was silence.”
Describing the deceased as quiet and easy going, he added that they were attached to a private school known as Victory Group of Schools, close to their residence and were marking exam scripts when the hoodlums struck.
“They hardly kept late nights and only sat by their door to take fresh air whenever there was power outage,” a neighbour said.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Olushola David, was said to have visited the State Secretariat of NYSC, where he met with the State Director, Mrs Lotto Bolade over the incident.
David was said to have assured the NYSC of a rejigged security strategy that would ensure the safety of serving corps members in the state.
Mrs. Lotto, on her part, lamented the spate of cultists attacks on corps members in the state, just as she identified the third corps member who was wounded during the attack, as Dada.
Confirming the attack, spokesman for the state Police Command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, said: “On March 20, at about 10p.m., armed robbers numbering about seven, attacked the residence of one Jerry Yeseme Moses, proprietor of a school, at Swali, Yenagoa.
“The armed robbers instantly shot and killed one corps member, Oluwatobi Popoola, aged 30 years. They also shot one George Onokpoma and Anthony Dada.
“The victims were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, where George Onokpoma was confirmed dead, while Anthony Gbenga is responding to treatment.
“The command has launched a manhunt for the unknown gunmen, investigations is ongoing.”