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Gunmen kill Bayelsa assembly aspirant, police launch probe

12:14 Jul 23 2022 Bayelsa State

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Some gunmen suspected to be assassins have killed a former State House of Assembly aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in Bayelsa State, Odienyefa Ogbolosingha.

The PUNCH gathered that the bandits invaded the 48-year-old Ogbolosingha’s residence along the Imiringi Road in Yenagoa and shot him dead on Friday.

The victim, who contested the PDP ticket for the 2023 state Houses of Assembly election, was the younger brother of a former chairman of the Yenagoa Local Government Council, late Michael Ogbolosingha.

He hailed from Kalaba community in the Yenagoa LGA and was also a member of the Okordia-Zarama Cluster Development Board.

A community source, who pleaded anonymity, said that Ogbolosingha’s assailants had a couple of weeks ago sent him a message warning him and a contractor not to carry out a road project under the cluster board.

“They sent him a message some two weeks ago or so warning him and a contractor to desist from embarking on a road project by the cluster board in the community. But he sublet the job. He has been a member of the board for some time.

“Now, yesterday (Friday), they have gunned him down in his house at Imiringi Road, Yenagoa,” the source said.

The spokesman for the Bayelsa Police Command, Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident.

He said, “Police operatives responded to a distress call at about 1400hours on Friday 22 July 2022 that armed men shot one Odeinyefa Ogbolosingha at his residence at Imiringi Road, Yenagoa.

“The victim was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, for treatment, but was confirmed dead. Photograph and other evidence were taken at the scene. Investigation has commenced.”
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