NYSC boss’ son shot by hired SSS operatives

Preye, who is said to be the son of the Chairman of the
Governing Board, National Youth Service Corps, Chief
Gordon Bozimo, has been allegedly shot by suspected
operatives of the Department of State Security in Bayelsa
State.
Preye was said to have been shot in the stomach in Peretimi
Hotels located at Imgbi Road, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, where
he had lodged.
The victim alleged that the manager of the hotel hired
operatives of the Department of State Security to shoot him.
He said on Sunday that three suspected DSS operatives were
personally led by the manager of the hotel to deal with him
and finally shoot him in the stomach.
It was learnt that following the incident, the hotel was shut
down for about five days after some of the workers were
arrested, detained and later released by the police.
Preye, who hails from Bomadi, Delta State, spoke in his
hospital bed at the Surgical Ward of the Federal Medical
Centre, Yenagoa, where he is lying critically ill.
Preye, a building contractor and founder of Prezimo Global
Resources, said he lodged in the hotel on September 30 with
his cousin, Mr. Nathaniel Alaweremi.
But he said trouble started when he had an argument in the
room with his cousin over some financial miscalculations.
The quarrel, he said, attracted the hotel manager whose
office was located directly opposite their room.
Preye said, “Last week, Tuesday, I came into Yenagoa so, I
went to Peretimi Hotel on Imgbi road. I got there and paid
for a room. I had little argument with my cousin on
monetary issues involving our construction.
“Our voices went high due to the little argument. The room I
lodged in was opposite the manager’s office. She came and
accused us of chasing one of her customers away because of
our noise.
“She said we were so noisy and didn’t think we could stay in
her hotel. So, we said no problem that she should refund
our money to us. I approached her and told her that as a
manager, she was not supposed to treat her customers like
that. She immediately responded and said she would show
me.”
Preye, who was writhing in pains, said the manager left
them and shortly came back with three armed persons he
identified as SSS operatives.
He added, “She left and came in with three SSS men. They
were in suites and they wore glasses with two guns and a big
riffle. Immediately, they asked my cousin to leave the room.
They locked me inside.
“Everything looked suspicious to me because I know that it is
not how to arrest a person. While I was trying to plead with
the manager that the matter had not got to the level she
took it, the SSS men punched on me.
“The next thing I heard was a shot and I realised it was on
my stomach and I fell to the ground inside the room and
they started hitting me. The other one said, ‘empty his
pocket’ and they took all my money, my ATM cards, my wrist
watch, pulled my trousers, took my shoes and my car key.
“It was a clear robbery. They now dragged me outside. I was
on t-shirt and on boxer shorts. They dragged me through the
pavements; all my ribs were paining me.
“Then they fired two shots into the air. When my cousin
came to where I was lying, they threatened to shoot him on
the leg.They took me into their bus and went away. When we
got to the station, they put me on the ground and I was
bleeding.”
When asked the name of the station he was taken to, he
said, “I did not really no because I was dizzy but it was an
SSS station. On the ground, I was bleeding and shouting
everybody refused to attend to me.
“But when they saw the amount of blood coming out of my
body they now decided to take me to the hospital. So, I was
asking why they shot me like a common criminal. They said
that they are security agents and they choose to do
whatsoever they wish to do and that there is nothing I can
do.”
The 32-year-old man said he lost all his valuables including
about N100,000 to his attackers during the incident that
happened between 12 and 2pm on the fateful day.
Preye continued, “They shot me in my stomach. One of the
bullets went in and came out. The other bullet that went in,
they still haven’t seen the bullet and the doctor here said I
have to go for further check abroad because they have done
their best.
“They said even if they see the bullet, they can’t operate it.
So, this is the situation. These men were so confident of
themselves because they said I can’t do anything. I think
they have been doing this kind of thing.”
His cousin, Alaweremi, who corroborated the story, insisted
that men of the DSS were persons hired by the hotel
manager to beat and shoot his cousin.
He said, “The manager was laughing at my brother’s ordeal
and she said that we got what we were looking for. My
brother did nothing wrong. The doctors are saying that they
couldn’t handle the case here and that he should be taken
abroad. Where will the money come out from to run these
expenses?”
Though the state Director, DSS, Mr. Dawa Everest, could not
be reached for his comments, the Commissioner of Police,
said he had yet to get details of the incident.

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