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Gunmen Kill One, Kidnap Two In Bayelsa

Posted: Jul 11, 2015 at 7:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma,  Yenagoa


Gunmen suspected to be sea pirates on Thursday attacked a local boat named MV TARI in Kula area of Akuku-Toru Local Government Council of Rivers State, killing one person.

It was gathered that the bandits also kidnapped two others – the boat master and his assistant – while others sustained injuries in the attack.

The boat was said to be conveying passengers and goods to Okpoama in Brass Local Government Area of neighbouring Bayelsa State when the gunmen struck.

An eyewitness, who is the second engineer of the boat, Ebitimi Tekenah, said the sea pirates came in two speed boats, shooting sporadically at the boat which led to the death of a male passenger.

He said another male passenger was operated upon at the Okpoama Health Centre and a bullet that was lodged in his abdomen was removed.

Tekenah said a female passenger also had bullet wound on her leg.

“I was sleeping when I heard the shooting so I went to the front of the boat to hide. They found me and brought me out and broke two beer bottles on my head before they forced me into one of the speed boats.

“It was when I told them that I am the boat engineer that they dropped me and told me to start the boat and take the wounded home for treatment,” he said.

Meanwhile, the marine department and the anti-kidnapping unit of the Bayelsa State Police Command have rescued a kidnapped victim at Koluama, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Asinim Butswat, said in a statement on Friday that the victim was rescued at 11:30am on Wednesday.

Butswat said unknown gunmen had earlier attacked the facility of OS/LEX, an off-shore firm, off the Dodo oil field in Amatu and Ezetu areas of the state on June 22,2015.

“They abducted three staff of the company. The victims were kept in a camp between Azuzuama and Koluama in Southern Ijaw LGA.

“One Emeka Ezea ‘m’ 37yrs, a chemical engineer, escaped from the abductors and  trekked for two days but a fisherman found him and brought him to the marine police  who were patrolling the creeks”, he said.

He added that the police have intensified effort to rescue other two victims and arrest the kidnappers.