How Gunmen Killed Police Informant In Bayelsa
Mr Francis, was a native of Koluama, a community in Southern ljaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
He was a Cameroun returnee and lived at Kpansia, an Epie community in Yenagoa, the state's capital.
He had noticed that some young boys who lived within his vicinity, were thieves and cultists and decided to stop them by calling them out or handing them over to the authorities for prosecution.
Oga Francis, as he was popularly called, was feared and seen as a threat to the boys.
Some of the bad boys relocated while those who stayed suffered severe beating and humiliation from him.
On January 10, Francis went about his business as usual not knowing that he was been targeted.
By noon, the heavily armed boys numbering four, spotted their target in a lonely place.
An eyewitness told Bounce News that when they approached him, Francis tried to fight them but they over powered him.
"They surrounded him and then one shot him.
"He screamed and fell to the ground," the eyewitness added.
The sound of gunshot scared passers-by and everyone scampered for safety.
In the mist of the commotion, his murderers escaped.
A resident who pleaded not to be named for fear of being attacked said Oga Francis had helped them reform some bad boys and that he would be greatly missed.
"Oga Francis will catch and educate them on how to avoid crime.
"Some bad boys repented while others saw him as an enemy.
"Our area was crime free because of his vigilance.
"We are scared for our lives now" he lamented.
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When contacted, the police spokesman in the state, Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident.
He told Bounce News that the murder was reported to the police
"We are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death," Mr Butswat said.
His corpse had been deposited at the Federal Medical Center Mortuary at Ovom.
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