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Anxiety in Bayelsa over kidnapped Lebanese, police escort

By Samuel Oyadongha

Yenagoa – Fear has heightened in Bayelsa State over the whereabouts of a Lebanese national and his police escort, who were abducted last week by armed men allegedly dressed in military camouflage, around the Ox-Bow Lake area of Ogu in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.

The Lebanese, identified as Tony, working with Trenur Nigeria Limited and his escort, identified as Corporal Edet from Akwa Ibom State, were abducted at a sand piling project site being handled by the firm.

The mobile policeman was reportedly abducted alongside with his service rifle.

The Lebanese, until his abduction, Vanguard learned, was the supervisor at the project site being handled by Trenur Nigeria Limited, a company owned by King Amalate Jonny Turner.
It was learned that a week after the abduction of the expatriate and his police escort, their kidnappers are yet to establish contact with the firm, thereby making it difficult for security operatives to trail them.

The 10 kidnappers, clad in military fatigues, operating in two speedboats, had last week stormed the dredging site, seized their victims and disappeared into the creeks.

An eyewitness, who simply identified himself as Peter, told newsmen in Yenagoa: “The kidnappers were dressed in military camouflage and were in two speedboats.

“They pretended to have engine problem and moved closer to the dredging site, where they beckoned on the mobile police man. Because they were dressed in military camouflage, he responded.

“They held him up at gunpoint and asked others to lie down. They took away the Lebanese and the mobile escort.”

Coordinator of the Joint Media Campaign Centre of theJoint Task Force, JTF, Lt. Col. Isa Ado, denied knowledge of the incident.

He said: “Information play a key role in rescue operations. If we have much information, we will act. We are not aware.”

However, an official of the firm told Vanguard that Chairman of the company, HRH King A. J. Turner, had last week met with the state Commissioner of Police, Paul Okafor, and made a formal report on the incident.


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