Bayelsa police launch manhunt for kidnappers after attack was repelled

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A Joint Task Force, codenamed Operation Doo Akpor, repelled a gunman attack at a nipping point in Okarki Junction, Yenagoa.

This is contained in a statement issued on Monday by SP Asinmi Butwait, the Police Public Relations Officer for the Bayelsa Police Command.

“On September 5, members of Operation Doo Akpor came under heavy fire from gunmen at Okarki Junction.

“The valiant operatives engaged the hoodlums in a shoot-out and drove them away from the nipping point,” he said.

Butwait stated that a police sergeant and a member of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps both died as a result of fatal gunshot wounds.

In a separate incident, gunmen suspected of being kidnappers stormed Chief Gbalipre Turner's home on Samphino Road in Yenagoa on Sept. 5 and abducted him to an unknown destination.

According to the PPRO, officers responded quickly and pursued the kidnappers to the Onuebum waterfront, where they abandoned the vehicle used in the kidnapping and fled with the victim in a speedboat.

He claimed that the Bayelsa Command Commissioner of Police, Echeng Echeng, had ordered a manhunt to find the kidnapped victim and apprehend the fleeing gunmen.

The commissioner also urged members of the public to provide useful information that would aid the police in their investigation.

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