About four persons were feared dead in Southern Ijaw council area of Bayelsa State following reported violence in the area.
The gunmen were said to have invaded the riverside community in the wee hours of the day ostensibly to hijack election materials.
Three of the invaders were reportedly killed as security forces battled to restore normalcy while fourth victim was said to have been killed by spray bullet.
It was gathered that the spate of shootings forced many of the residents stay indoor for fear of being hit in the cross fire just as election materials according to a source could not leave the highly tensed area.
“Several shots were fired to scare the people and pave way for the carting away of the election materials but the security operatives attached to the area were up to the task,” said the source.
According to the source, no fewer than 45 suspects have been arrested by security operatives.
As at the time of filing this report, a source from the community told Newscrystal.com that the exercise might be suspended due to the recorded mayhem and escalating tension in the area.
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