Mr Reginald Dei, a Photo-Journalist attached to Bayelsa Government House, who was shot during the Presidential/National Assembly elections on Feb.23 is dead.
Dei had earlier survived gunshots from armed men in military uniform in Oweikorogha, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area òf Bayelsa.
His demise was confirmed in a statement by the Director Corporate Communications, Governor’s Office, Chief Nathan Egba-Ologo.
According to the statement, the photographer died after battling to survive the lethal wounds from the gunshots in a Yenagoa hospital on Sunday night.
He was shot alongside the leader of the PDP in Oweikorogha community, Mr Seidougha Taribi, while the duo were waiting for the outcome of the election in their ward at the politician’s residence.
Dei, who was initially thought to have died, survived the attack until Sunday night but Taribi died on the spot.
Egba-Ologo called on the relevant security agencies to investigate the activities of their men in the field of operations in order to bring the culprits of the dastardly act to book.
He said that while the state was mourning the unfortunate murder of Taribi and Dei as a result of the brigandage that rocked the parts of the state during the Presidential election.
He called on the leadership of the Nigerian Army and the other security agencies to prevent brigandage and a breakdown of law and order in the area ahead of the next elections.
The director urged the security agencies to adhere strictly to their constitutional responsibility to ensure the provision of security and indeed the requisite environment in the next election.
Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, on Feb. 24 alleged that Dei was shot while a ward chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was killed by the military.
Dickson alleged that the military colluded with some politicians to perpetuate the violence, which he said, characterised Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly polls in the state.
Reacting to the allegation, Spokesman of 16 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Yenagoa, Major Jonah Danjuma, said the army was not responsible for the incident.
He explained that troops of the Brigade had conducted an operation in Ikebiri community in Southern Ijaw, different from where the photo-journalist and party chieftain were reportedly shot.
“We had no such incident; troops of 5 Battalion, 16 Brigade Nigerian Army, on Saturday arrested 15 armed men suspected to be political thugs at Ikebiri 1 in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
“It was a successful operation that led to the recovery of large cache of arms, ammunition and other items.
“This feat was achieved as a direct response by vigilant troops in Operation SAFE CONDUCT 2019 in 16 Brigade Area of Responsibility,” Danjuma said.
Also, the spokesman of the Joint Military Task Force deployed to the Niger Delta, Major Abdullahi Ibrahim, said that the Command neither deployed men to the community nor had an operation at Oweikorogha, Southern Ijaw.