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Policemen killed, 2 Lebanese kidnapped in Bayelsa

By Samuel Oyadongha

YENAGOA — THE peace of the riverside town of Onuegbum in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State was violated yesterday, as armed men stormed a nearby sand dump site, killing two policemen and abducting two Lebanese nationals.

The identity of the slain policemen attached to a construction firm, Pache, dredging sand in the area could not be immediately ascertained.

But the Lebanese were identified as Sarki Abi Chmouli and Ibrahim Abi Pherem.

Eyewitnesses told Vanguard that the eight invaders, armed with dangerous assault rifles, stormed the company’s dredging site a few metres away from the community at about 12.20p.m. through the waterway in two speedboats.

The gunmen were said to have repeatedly fired into the air to whittle down any possible resistance, a development that caused the workers to scamper for safety.

According to eyewitnesses, the two policemen fired back, but were felled by the invading gunmen, who also seized the two Lebanese and escaped through the waterway.

Confirming the incident, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Asinim Butswat, said the corpse of the slain policemen had been deposited in the morgue of Federal Medical Centre, FMC, for autopsy.

“We have alerted the marine component of the Police, the Joint Task Force and the Navy,” the police scribe said.

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.


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