How Armed Robbers Took Over Winners Road In Bayelsa’s Capital
Residents of Winner's Road in Agudama, an Epie community in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State's capital are still in shock after armed robbers had a field day looting them to their pants.
The thieves numbering over 25 made life unbearable for them over the weekend.
Young boys between the ages of 14 - 29 invaded all the shops along the street and residential houses were not spared.
It was a broad daylight operation that again highlighted the surge in crime in the oil state.
On that fateful evening at about 7:02 p.m., people hurried back to their houses while shop owners made last sales for the evening.
Boys armed with machetes, axes and pistols came, ransacked and robbed them from one shop to the other.
Passersby were also not spared, as they dispossessed business owners of both money, mobile phones and jewellery. Some motorists along Mbiama\Yenagoa Road were also robbed.
Weeping, a shop owner, Mrs Ossai Ekuero, said they stole her plasma television.
"I was selling beverages to a customer when one small boy pointed a gun at me.
"He ordered me to hand over my apron which contained about 33,000 Naira to him and l obeyed immediately. " He took it and went with his colleagues into the next shop," she told bounce News.
A school owner explained how parents had to withdraw their wards from his school, as a result of the insecurity problem at Agudama.
"My school is new and l had 87 pupils.
"As the insecurity problem within the state heightened, parents withdrew their children.
"Now, l have 36 pupils," he said.
Meanwhile, he expressed fear that if the insecurity was not checked, crime rate in the state would worsen in coming months.
An SS ll student of Community Secondary School Agudama, Oyindoubra Plankson confirmed the activities of the robbers in the area and narrated students' ordeal.
"In school, if they want someone to join their group, they will start bullying the person.
"Students join them for power, money and fame. He explained that they also take illicit drugs and attend classes with guns," he said.
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The spokesman for the police in the state, Asinim Butswat, told Bounce News that the police had discovered that crimes of such magnitude were usually carried out under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
"We believe the young ones are vulnerable to drugs.
"As such, we sensitise them about drugs, its uses and abuse," he said.
Bayelsa state government had raised alarm over the re-surging security situation in the state,with Governor Seriake Dickson blaming the opposition leaders in the state for the recent upsurge in crime.
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