Tension has gripped residents of Sapele in Delta state as gunmen shot dead four people, including Warri North Local Government Council legislative leader Grikpa Bigha, in the metropolis.

PUNCH Metro concluded that the assassins who stormed the community on Wednesday also shot dead Alhaji Bello, a businessman who buys tricycles and motorcycles on installment for local business operators, as well as a boutique operator, Matthew Ekiopa Eroso and her saleswoman, who were shot and killed outside her store on Mission Road by Lexi Junction.

The motives behind the latest wave of murders in the Sapele metropolis had yet to be determined at the time of writing.

It was deduced that the murders occurred amid the recovery of the swollen remains of two young children, who had been declared missing two days earlier.

However, a source who requested anonymity said the late politician, like the other victims, “was probably in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Lamenting the wave of killings on his Facebook page, Khalil Samuel, a resident of the embattled city, said: “Four people killed in Sapele this (Wednesday) morning. Sapele needs serious intervention.”

He urged the government to declare a curfew in the town as, according to him, the killings are totally unacceptable.

In reaction, a former member of the Delta State House of Assembly, Daniel Mayuku, expressed shock at Grikpa’s death and wondered what Grikpa’s offense might have been, describing him as “a very calm and respectful councilman.” ”.

Also commenting on the bloody incidents in the community, a Sapele blogger, Sapele Amebo, reported that the remains of two young men who were declared missing 48 hours earlier were recovered from a sandy beach in the city while the remains showed signs of lacerations to their throats, raising suspicions that their remains were thrown into the river after they were killed.

The Police Public Relations Officer for Delta State Command, DSP Bright Edafe, could not be reached for comment at the time of filing this report.

Please remember that incidents of murder and bloody attacks by rival cult groups have rocked the Sapele community over the past two years with several lives lost in the horrific circumstances.