A combined team of security agents have shot a suspected kidnapper to death and also rescued an expatriate who was abducted from a construction site in Bayelsa State.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by Asinim Butswat, the Public Relations Officer of the Bayelsa Police Command, on Sunday.
According to the police, the kidnappers invaded the construction site at Igbedi/Amassoma Road in the Sagbama Local Government Area of the state on 30 October in a bid to abduct expatriates working on the site.
Although the security personnel guarding the construction site killed one of the kidnappers, other kidnappers were, however, able to abduct one of the expatriates and whisked him away through the creeks.
The statement explained that the Joint Task Force (JTF) comprising the Army, the Navy and the Department of State Security (DSS) were alerted of the incident and immediately swung into action.
The combined team were able to track the kidnappers to the Ogoinbiri waterways where they engaged them in a gun battle that lasted several minutes and rescued the abducted expatriate unhurt.
“On 30th October 2021, at about 0800 hours, an unspecified number of armed men suspected to be kidnappers stormed a construction site along Igbedi/Amassoma Road, Sagbama Local Government Area, Bayelsa State,” Butswat said in the statement.
“The security operatives on guard at the Construction site engaged the kidnappers in a gun battle, shot and killed one of them. The kidnappers abducted one expatriate, an engineer working with the Construction Company and whisked away with him through the waterways.
“The JTF, Navy, Army and other security agencies were alerted and subsequently, at about 0950 hours, the Navy engaged the kidnappers in a fierce gun battle along Ogoinbiri waterways and rescued the victim unhurt. The kidnappers escaped with varying degrees of bullet wounds. Efforts are being intensified to arrest the fleeing kidnappers
“The Command hereby advises Medical Doctors, other health workers and Native Doctors against the treatment of gunshots wounds without alerting the Police,” the statement read.
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