A renewed tension was yesterday triggered in Bayelsa State among members of the leading political parties of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following the killing of Diseye Dickson, the deputy ward chairman of APC in Ward 1 in Odi Local Government Area of the state by unidentified gunmen.
The deceased, Dieseye Dickson was reportedly shot dead in Odi community at about 11pm by the gunmen who were reportedly dressed in military uniform.
While a version of the report claimed that the deceased was shot dead during a shoot-out between policemen and the gunmen, numbering about Eight in a failed kidnap attempt of Chief Watson Ogoriba, a businessman and senior brother of the former member of the Federal House of Representatives, Hon Warman Ogoriba.
According to a source within the Local Government Area, “It was the case of failed kidnap attempt. It is not about PDP or the APC. When the kidnappers arrived the community, the vigilante people alerted the Police in Kaima Divisional Command and they engaged the suspected kidnappers in a shoot-out. The victim may have been caught in a cross fire.”
The source revealed that aside from the deceased Dieseye Dickson, a woman was also injured in the buttocks by a stray bullet.
A member of the Federal House of Representatives representing Yenagoa/Kolokuma/Opokuma constituency, Hon Douye Diri, who confirmed the incident, said it was a case of foiled kidnap attempt, “it was not a party conflict.”
But the Leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state through the Sylva/Igiri campaign organisation alleged that the killing was carried out by suspected thugs hired by the PDP.