Cattle Breeders leader killed in Bayelsa

The Chairman, Cattle Breeders Association, Bayelsa State chapter, Abdulkarim Jubril, and three other persons were killed by suspected gunmen in the state.

It was learnt that the incident occurred on Saturday afternoon along the Bayelsa Palm Road in the Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.

A source, who accompanied the victims’ corpses to the mortuary of the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, said Jubril was killed on the premises of his private abattoir.

The source, who did not want his name mentioned, said, “The gunmen invaded the place this afternoon and shot him. He is a household name because he is the biggest supplier of cows in Bayelsa.

“The gunmen also turned to his boys and killed three of them. It is a sad development. But we are calling for calm because the incident requires thorough investigation.”

He expressed confidence that the motive behind the murder would be uncovered by security agencies.

He insisted that only investigations would reveal the identities of persons behind the incident, adding that there was no need to panic.

Also, a senior police officer confirmed the incident.

The officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to talk to the media, said Jubril and his boys were chatting in one of the huts within the abattoir when the gunmen struck.

He, however, said the details of the development were still sketchy, adding that immediately after the shooting, the gunmen fled the scene.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident.

Butswat, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said, “On November 2, 2017, at about 12.30hrs, three gunmen in a Black Mazda 323 car, number plate yet unknown, went to Azikoro Road by Winners U-Turn, Yenagoa, where one Jibril Abdulkarim, the Chairman, Cattle Breeders Association, Bayelsa State Branch, was discussing with three others, shot at them on their heads and drove off to unknown destination.

“Policemen were immediately deployed for possible arrest. The scene was visited by the police. Three of the victims, one Abiso Abba, Yunusa (surname unknown) and the third person unknown, died on the spot, while Abdulkarim was rushed to the hospital for medical attention where he later died.”

The spokesman said there was a suspicion of internal wrangling and strife within the association, adding that the police and other security agencies were working on a promising lead for possible arrest of the suspects.

Source: (  Punch Newspaper )


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