It had rained heavily the previous night in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State.

Swali market was in full swing, as people made last minute transactions before the elections slated for Saturday.

Trucks drivers and wheel barrow pushers conveying goods in and out, barricaded gates which led into the market.

The crowd of buyers and customers pushed and tugged at each other’s clothes in a bid to have easy access to the road.

While people buy and sell, a group of armed robbers operated along Trinity Street, located by the market Roundabout.

They intimidated their victims with dangerous weapons and robbed them of their possessions.

Money, mobile phones, wrist watches and hand bags were snatched from unsuspecting traders, customers and passers-by.

During their operation, a gang member tried to snatch an unidentified lady's handbag but she refused.

In anger, he shot her buttock.

She lost control and came down in pains while blood flowed.

Luck, however, ran out on him as a military patrol van arrived at the scene.

Immediately, members of his gang abandoned him and ran away.

The military men shot the robber on his chest and a stray bullet also hit a male trader who also died.

An eyewitness, Pa Godwin Perekimo, told Bounce News that people were helpless and surrendered their possessions to the thieves who had guns and machetes.

Pointing towards the direction of two lifeless bodies, he stated.

"A woman almost lost her life because of a bag which probably contains lipstick, few Naira notes and eye pencil.

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"This is a daily occurrence and they have just succeeded in stealing from hardworking traders today.

"I pray these soldiers will spend about a month in Bayelsa to help us clean these refuse called armed robbers and cultists"he emphasised.

Weeping, a fruit seller who identified herself as Gerekumo said she collected her savings worth 47,000 Naira, from a thrift collector few minutes before she was robbed.

"I wan use that money pay my rent today (I wanted to pay my rent with the money).

"Ayiba, punish them for me o!," she cursed.

The woman, who was shot in her buttock, was later rushed to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), where she is receiving treatment, while the lifeless bodies were handed over to Doo-Akpo operatives.

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