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Killing of commuter over N50 leaves Yenogoa in uneasy calm

There is uneasy calm in Yenagoa following the stabbing to death of Edris Douglas by a ‘Keke Napep’ (tricycle) rider over a minor disagreement concerning transport fare of N50.

The murder of Douglas led to reprisal attacks resulting to the lynching of the ‘Keke Napep’ rider, burning of commercial tricycles along the Saptex junction, Kpanisa, Okaka and Yenizue-Epie areas of the Bayelsa State capital.

Officials of the state government and security agencies have continued to appeal for calm while protesting youths stormed the entrance of the Bayelsa State government house in Yenagoa to demand an end to such incidents.

Restriction has been imposed on commercial tricycle operations from 7pm to 6am.

Reports say Abuja based Douglas had arrived Yenogoa to see his wife who had just given birth before he was stabbed to death by the rider following an altercation over the transport fare.

Witnesses said the victim, who was in his early thirties boarded the Tricycle from Opolo to Yenizue-Epie Community, which according to him should be N100 but the Tricycle rider insisted on N150 which led to the disagreement.

The situation degenerated as natives of Yenizue-Epie, where Douglas hailed from, carried out reprisal attacks resulting in the death of the suspected operator and burning of some commercial tricycles in the area.

Some of the protesting girls said Douglas, was their benefactor who supported them financially, regretting that his killing was a major blow to the Yenizue-Epie community.

Addressing the protesters, the lawmaker-elect for the Yenagoa/Kolokuma-Opokuma Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives and former Chairman of Yenagoa Local Government Area, Oboku Oforji appealed for calm from residents.

Also present were the Acting Chief of Staff Government House, Dr Peter Akpe and the Special Adviser on Security to the Governor, Agberebi Akpoebi and others to address the protesters.

As of the time of filing this report Governor Douye Diri was in a meeting with monarchs, women and youth groups and other stakeholders of Epie/Atissa communities to restore normalcy to the state capital with a restriction placed on commercial tricycle activities from 7pm to 6am.

Reporting by Alambo Datonye; Editing by Muzha Kucha