SAD: Two NYSC members killed in Bayelsa State

Two members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) was killed on Wednesday, in a renewed violence in the Bayelsa State capital, Yenagoa.

Gun men stormed the residence of a private school proprietor in Swali, a suburb of the city, shooting three members of the National Youth Service Corps.

While two of them died in the deadly attack, the third one who was critically injured was said to be recuperating at the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa.

Two of the dead corps members were identified as Popoola Olamide, a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, and an indigene of Oyo state and one George Onokpoma.

The third, Anthony Dada, was said to be responding to treatment.

The killing of the NYSC members is coming on the heels of the orgies of cult-related killings which have pervaded the state capital, since after the election.

Over 15 persons, including two policemen, have lost their lives in the last two weeks in the state capital.

The neighbours said:

"We heard gunshots from the corps members' room. One of them was heard shouting "Jesus" and asking what their crime was."

The neighbours said the corps members were attached to a private school, Victory Group of Schools, close to their residence.

The state police spokesman, Asimim Butswats, said the command had launched a manhunt for the gunmen.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Olusola David, who later visited the state secretariat of the NYSC and met with the state Director, Mrs Lotto Bolade, expressed shock over the incident and assured the NYSC of a security strategy to ensure the safety of serving corps members in the state.

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