A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Sunday Frank Oputu has been shot dead by gunmen in his residence.
Oputu was killed by gunmen in the early hours of Tuesday at his residence at Bay-Bridge road, Yenagoa, the state capital.
The deceased who happens to be an ally of former Minister of Agriculture, Heineken Lokpobiri, belonged to the faction loyal to the ex-Minister.
Oputu before his death was seen as the voice of the opposition party in the Bayelsa.
The APC chieftain was among party members that stood against the control and APC leadership of the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva.
The Bayelsa State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Asinim Butswat, the police confirmed and noted that “On 26 April 2022, at about 2300 hours, gunmen scaled the fence and gained access to the residence of Hon. Frank Oputu located at No. 1 Jonah Road Bay- Bridge, Kpansia, fired several shots at the Honourable through the window of his bedroom and fatally injured him.
“The injured victim was rushed to Federal Medical Center, Yenagoa, where he was confirmed dead. The corpse has been deposited at the mortuary for autopsy.”
The Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command, CP Ben Nebolisa Okolo, has charged officers to intensify efforts to identify and arrest the perpetrators.
He further re-assured members of the public of the command’s resolve at ensuring the culprits are arrested and brought to book.
The Command urged members of the public to remain calm as investigation is ongoing.