Gunmen kill Ijaw activist on his way to pick up money in Bayelsa
The Chairman of the Movement for the Survival of the Ijaw Ethnic Nationality (MOSIEND), Comrade Big J also known as Don Cici has been killed by gunmen suspected to be cultists in Koluama Clan, Bayelsa state.
It was gathered that 50-year-old, Comrade Big J was shot at close range about 7 am on Sunday, July 18, at Osuale market on his way to pick up money from a local money transfer which is said to be delivered by local boat.
According to Nigerian Tribune, some Ijaw youths described the deceased as a dedicated Ijaw youth advocate and also a strong member of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), until he left the council following a fall-out after the last National Executive Election of IYC.
A source in the Koluama community said that Comrade Big J is a known advocate of peace and welfare for Ijaw youths, but that those who are suspected to have killed were cultists who felt he crossed into their territory.
The Chairman of the Southern Ijaw Forum of MOSIEND, Comrade Mathew Ebikibuna, who confirmed the killing, described it as barbaric and called on security agencies to ensure those involved are brought to book.