Unknown gunmen have kidnapped Gbalipre Turner, the father of the chairman of Ogbia Local Government Council, Hon. Ebinyo Turner, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
Sources say the man who was recently appointed as a non-executive member of the Bayelsa State Board of Internal Revenue, was abducted on Sunday night at his residence along Samphino Street, in the Kpansia-Epie area of Yenagoa.
The details of the incident and the reason is still not clear as the kidnappers are yet to contact the family but sources say it may not be unconnected with politics.
It was gathered that the gunmen numbering about five, gained access into Turner’s house through the back door while he was preparing to go to bed before whisking him away into a waiting car and drove off with alarming speed.
According to reports, the gunmen who were fully armed with AK-47 rifles, wore military bullet proof vests during the attack.
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When contacted Spokesman of the State Police Command, SP Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident, saying the police has started a thorough investigation.
“Unknown gunmen suspected to be kidnappers stormed the residence of one Chief Gbalipre Turner ‘m’ on 5 September 2021, at about 2200hours, at Samphino Road, Yenagoa and abducted him to an unknown destination.
“Policemen responded swiftly and pursued the kidnappers to Onuebum waterfront, where they abandoned the vehicle used in the kidnap and hurriedly got into a speed boat and sped off as.
“The Commissioner of Police Bayelsa State Command CP Echeng E. Echeng, has ordered for a manhunt to rescue the kidnapped victim and arrest the fleeing gunmen. The CP further appeals to members of the public to volunteer useful information that will assist the Police in its investigation”, he said.
In a related development, Butswat also confirmed that operatives of the Joint Task Force codename Operation Doo Akpor, repelled an attack by unknown gunmen at a nipping point at Okarki Junction, Yenagoa.
He said: “At about 2030hours, Operatives of Operation Doo Akpor, at Okarki Junction came under heavy fire by unknown gunmen, the gallant Operatives engaged the hoodlums in a shoot-out and repelled them from attacking the nipping point.
“Unfortunately a Police Sargent and an Operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, sustained fatal gunshots wounds, which led to their death”.