… As gunmen kidnap bizman
From FEMI FOLARANMI, Yenagoa
The Bayelsa State Police Command has confirmed the attack on a passenger boat conveying flood victims in Bayelsa State. The attack believed to have been launched by a five-man gang suspected to be sea-pirates was carried out in Biseni Community along the Orashi River in Yenagoa Local Government Area.
The gunmen who were armed with sophisticated weapons were said to have dispossessed their victims of N.5 million cash and a 75 horse-power engine, which was provided by the Bayelsa State Government to ease transportation problems of flood victims.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Fidelis Odunna said security in the waterways would be beefed up soon with the deployment of gunboats. Meanwhile, Nembe Community was thrown into confusion, when armed gunmen stormed the community and kidnapped a renowned geologist, Chief Bertrand Douglas.
Douglas is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Start Nigeria Limited, which specializes in pause behaviour and reservoirs management studies in the Niger Delta. Douglas was in Nembe to attend the burial rites of one of his uncle when the kidnappers stormed the community and went straight to his house.
His security aides who sensed trouble immediately opened fire but the kidnappers, who gained entry into the compound and whisked their victim away through the waterside, overpowered them. Odunna said a special team of anti-kidnap squad had been deployed to Nembe to fish out the kidnappers.
He further explained that the Bayelsa State Police Command would not condone criminality as it would do everything to combat crime. To this end, he said, the command had set up a special team of investigators to handle the manhunt for the killers of the two policemen shot recently along the Azikoro/Agbura Area of the state.