Gunmen kill 2 persons , abduct another 2 in Rivers
A Sky policeman (escort) working with Shell Petroleum Development Company was on Thursday shot dead by a group of gunmen along Ahoada-Ndele-Rumuji axis of the East-West road.
Two of the company’s employees were also said to have been abducted by the gunmen, who came out of the bush to stop the vehicle travelling from Yenagoa in Bayelsa State to Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Sky policemen are special security men, who work for corporate organisations in the country.
It was gathered that the Sky police was driving the escort vehicle when the bandits struck, shooting him first before abducting the two other persons.
The incident, which happened at about 4:00pm, caused panic among motorists plying the road, forcing many of them to flee the area.
A source from the oil firm confirmed the incident but added that efforts were being made by family members to ensure that those abducted regained their freedom.
“Two of our colleagues were kidnapped on Thursday. They were coming back from Yenagoa when the gunmen came out from the bush. The driver of the escort vehicle, who is a Sky police officer, was killed.
“The other two are still with them (kidnappers). Friends and families are trying to see how they (victims) can be released,” the source said.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Nnamdi Omoni, also confirmed the incident to our correspondent, adding that investigation had begun to ensure that the victims regained their freedom.
Meanwhile, abductors of four employees of the National Emergency Management Agency are demanding the sum of N40m as ransom for their release.
It was gathered that the kidnappers were asking for N10m each as ransom for the four NEMA workers, who were taken away on Tuesday in Abua-Odual Local Government Area of Rivers while on official duty.