The Police Command in Bayelsa said on Monday that it has arrested three suspects linked to December 2 murder of a prominent cattle dealer, Alhaji Jibril Abdulkarim and three others.
Bayelsa Police Commissioner, Asuquo Ambassador, made the disclosure in Yenogoa on Monday.
Amba said that the suspects were being profiled while their telephone communication was also being scrutinised.
“We have so far taken three suspects into custody and we are profiling them and their communication.
“We are looking at their phone communications and from facts before us, it is an assassination done on close range and the people must have been known to them.
“We are equally looking at the leadership issues and election of the Fulanis.
“We are following the clues we have and I am hopeful we shall be able to have a breakthrough,” Amba said.
Gunmen had killed the dealer, and three other persons said to be his employees. The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon along the Bayelsa Palm Road in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.
A source who accompanied the victims’ bodies to the mortuary of the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, said Jubril was killed on the premises of his private abattoir.
He had told newsmen: “The gunmen invaded the place this afternoon and shot him. He was a household name because he was the highest supplier of cows in Bayelsa.
“The gunmen also turned to his boys and killed three of them. It is a sad development. But we are calling for calm because the incident is fresh and requires thorough investigations.”
The Bayelsa government had on Sunday tasked the Police and security agencies to fish out the culprits.
The government pledged to collaborate with the security agencies to ensure that those behind the heinous act were arrested and brought to book.