Tension in Warri as trigger-happy Naval personnel shoots, kill two unarmed youths

A Naval personnel, name withheld,  attached to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), Jalla, Warri-South Council area of Delta state and a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Friday shot and killed two different community youths at the company’s premises following argument over job slots.

One of the youths, simply identified as Agbolu, is from Ifie community where the company is sited in Warri South while the other whose name could not be ascertained at press time, is from Ekpan in Uwvie local government council.

The incident happened at about 2:30pm Friday setting up both communities in tension even though the identities of the killer Navy officer has not been disclosed.

It was reliably gathered that youths from both communities were engaged in job slot negotiations with the management of NPDC when argument arose that was amicably resolved but shockingly the Navy personnel was said to have moved in and shot first into the air before shooting point-blank at the two boys who gave up the ghost immediately.

Speaking on the matter at the police “A” Divisional Headquarters, Chairman of Warri South council, Hon. Mofe Edema, expressed sadness over the shooting, saying “this is one killings too many. How can these NNPC engaged security personnel be killing these innocent community youths like flies every time. It is just not fair”.

The body of the slain Ifie youth that was taken to the police station was later removed and taken to the NPDC premises while the Chairman of Ifie Community Trust, Griftson Edema, was asked by the aggrieved council chairman to first go and make an entry of the matter.

The DPO in-charge of the station was said to be unavoidably absent but other officers were on hand to pacify the angry Ifie youths at the station.

It could be recalled that only a few months ago a trigger happy Mobile policeman shot and killed an Ifie youth for no reason but tried in vain to frame up the youth as illegal oil bunkerer which could not be substantiated nor sustained after investigation.

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