Gunmen kill 2 security operatives in Bayelsa, kidnap Chief Turner

Chief Gbalipre Turner

Chief Gbalipre Turner: kidnapped by gunmen

Some gunmen attacked operatives of a Joint Task Force codenamed Operation Doo Akpor in Bayelsa on Monday.

However, the gallant operatives repelled the attack but lost 2 personnel.

Police Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa Police Command, SP Asinmi Butwait, confirmed the incident to PM News on Tuesday.

He said: “On Sept. 5, Operatives of Operation Doo Akpor, at Okarki Junction came under heavy fire by gunmen.

“The gallant operatives engaged the hoodlums in a shoot-out and repelled them from attacking the nipping point,’’ he said.

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Butwait said, in a separate incident, gunmen also stormed the residence of Chief Gbalipre Turner, father of Ogbia local government chairman, at Samphino Road, Yenagoa, and abducted him to an unknown destination.

The PPRO said Policemen responded swiftly and pursued the kidnappers to Onuebum waterfront, where they abandoned the vehicle used in the kidnap and ran away with the victim through a speedboat.

He said the Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa Command, Echeng Echeng, had ordered for a manhunt to rescue the kidnapped victim and arrest the fleeing gunmen.

The commissioner further appealed to members of the public to volunteer useful information that would assist the police in its investigation.

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