NSCDC nabs woman for husband’s offence, shoots vigilante

Written by on February 21, 2018

Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Bayelsa State Command, have shot a member of the Ikarama Vigilance Group in the state, Perekurofa Odoyibo.

In the incident, which occurred in the early hours of Tuesday, Odoyibo was said to have been shot in the arm and leg at Ikarama community, in the Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.

Aggrieved residents of the area were said to have gone on the rampage to protest against the shooting of the victim.

It was learnt that trouble started when the NSCDC team arrested a woman, whose husband was wanted for an offence. The man was not around at the time.

The arrest led to a disagreement between the vigilance group members and the operatives.

In the ensuing argument, the NSCDC operatives reportedly opened fire on the vigilance group members, injuring Odoyibo in the process.

A youth leader in the area, who identified himself as Ben Warder, said Odoyibo was shot in the arm and leg by the operatives who had taken custody of the woman, identified as Deborah.

Warder said, “Members of the vigilance team noticed an NSCDC van at about 3am on Tuesday and were trying to find out why they had to take away a woman who had children under her care for an offence supposedly committed by her husband.

“As the argument went on, they (NSCDC) shot one of the vigilance members and sped off with the woman they had arrested.

“I understand they came from the oilfield in Ikarama, operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company, and that was why angry youths mobilised and blocked the road to the Okordia manifold.

“This morning, community youths mobilised to protest against the use of security men to molest oil communities. This is because we learnt that the arrest was in connection with an oil spillage incident.”

The wife of the victim, Rebecca, said her husband was left in a pool of blood, adding that he had been in “serious pains” since he was shot.

Rebecca said the incident had thrown her entire family and dependants into confusion because Odoyibo had become incapacitated.

She said, “Look at what they did to my husband who volunteered for the community vigilance work. He has been in pains and we lack the resources to take him to a hospital.

“As I speak to you, we have taken him to a herbal centre because we do not have the money to take him to a good hospital.”

However, Orukari Udoji, whose wife, Deborah, was arrested by the NSCDC operatives, said he was in the forest for his timber work when the operatives stormed his residence and took his wife away.

Udoji said, “I am at a loss because I do not even have an idea of where they have taken her to. As we speak, I don’t have money to transport myself around to search for her.

“Everybody in this community knows that I do timber work and by the time they came, I was in the bush working. They claimed that there was an oil spill in the bush near the place I felled some timbers.”

Reacting to the incident, the Commandant, NSCDC, Bayelsa State, Mr. Godwin Nwachukwu, said he had received a report on the incident.

He said, “Immediately the information got to me, I assigned my men to find out what happened.

“As we speak, the matter is being investigated. The preliminary investigation will guide us on the next step to take.”

Meanwhile, residents of the community alleged that around 1pm, the NSCDC team reinforced and returned, shooting indiscriminately and arresting people in the community at will.

“They came back in two buses and arrested more people, even as the person they shot is still battling for his life,” a source claimed.

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