Suspected cult members have killed an undergraduate of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Saviour Enoch. Saviour, aged 20, was reportedly killed on Saturday about 8pm along the Gwegwe-Navy Road at Ovom, in the Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
The murdered military cadet, a resident of the Ovom area, was said to be on holiday in Yenagoa from the NDA where he met his untimely death.
Eyewitness said the deceased was said to be on the street with his visiting friend and naval rating with the Central Naval Command when they heard screams from a victim whose bag was snatched by suspected cult members.
Saviour, who was a native of the area, responded to the cry for help and chased the suspects.
It was gathered that unknown to him (Saviour), other members of the cult had laid ambush to ward off any rescue attempt and he was shot at a close range.
The spokesman for the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident, saying that the police had arrested no fewer than 20 persons in connection with the killing.
“The community has condemned that act in totality and they have come out en masse to show their support for the police to arrest the suspects.
“We have arrested some persons during a routine operation that was carried out after Saviour was shot.
“About 20 persons have been arrested. I know that they have screened some of them. I do not know how many of them are linked directly to the killing.
“However, the community has volunteered useful information concerning the actual suspects.’’
Meanwhile, Saviour’s family has called on the security agencies in the state to bring the killers to justice.
The deceased’s uncle, Mr. Ovieakini Enoch, made the appeal on Monday in Yenagoa.
Ovieakini said, “That is why Saviour’s death is a painful one. We are calling on the police and other security agencies to assist us to bring the perpetrators to justice.“I learnt that the police have made some arrests on Sunday.”