Neighbours of late Seiyefa Fred, a murdered first year student of the Niger Delta University (NDU) located at Amassoma in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State are giving their account of the murder.  

Media reports have said the cultists had attempted to steal from her and she resisted, but neighbours's side of the story counters such reports. 

They told a story of how the murdered lady had stepped out of her home for few minutes and never returned alive.

It was evening. The weather was cool and the environment noisy, as music blared from speakers positioned in front of a church along Amarata.

Motorists and passers-by hurried to their destination.   

Adorned in a blue bum short and a white singlet, she strolled to the junction few poles away from her house with her two-year-old niece in her arms.

Seiyefa Fred had stepped out to buy Suya (cow streak) after which she walked into her compound. 

About seven steps away from the door of her house, one of the three masked men that had trailed her from the junction, shot her in the chest.

She screamed and slumped while her niece and the wrap of suya also fell.

Seiyefa Fred murdered by suspected cultists in Bay

Her case was one of the many cases of attacks on residents of Bayelsa by armed bandits.

Seiyefa's death has become a mystery for the police to unravel, but one resident of Amarata, Mrs Tari Poker believes her death was more than just a robbery. 

"It was an assassination not a robbery because, they took her by surprise.  

"Armed robbers in Bayelsa use to surrender their victims with their gun and collect their phone or money," she said.

She further expressed surprise that the late ladies case was not the same. 

An eye-witness told Bounce News that many people believe it was not a robbery attack.                 

"After they shot her, one of them saw her phone lying beside her and took it.   

"He took the phone to divert attention," he concluded.

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The spokesperson for Bayelsa Police Command, DSP Asinim Butswat told Bounce News that investigation was ongoing.

"Just this morning, some arrests were made concerning this case.

"We will make our findings public once we are done with interrogations," Mr Butswat said.

He assured residents of Bayelsa that the perpetrators of that heinous crime would face the law.

Crime rate is on the rise in the coastal state, with armed men carrying out robbery attacks in broad day light despite the presence of armed security agents.

Some residents of the state have blamed the surge in crime on the use of illicit drugs and alcohol by young boys.

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