Unknown gunmen, Friday night, stormed the Udeme Hotels along DSP Alamesiagha road in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State Capital, killed one of the two policemen on guard and carted away their service rifles.
The Popular Udeme hotels is owned by Senator Emmanuel Paulker, who represents Bayelsa Central Senatorial district of the state.
LEADERSHIP Sunday gathered that the gunmen, who came commando style, shot sporadically at the policemen who were caught unaware.
An eyewitness told newsmen that the gunmen, drove into the hotel in a Toyota Camry while pretending to be customers.
“They turned at the car park and drove towards the gate where they opened fire on the policemen.”
Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the State Police Command, DSP Asinim Butswat, explained that, “On 15 March, 2019, at about 2100hours, unknown gunmen operating in a Toyota Camry car, REG number unknown, went to a hotel at Opolo, Yenagoa and without provocation, opened fire on the two policemen on duty.”
“The policemen returned fire at the armed robbers but in the ensuing gun battle, one sergeant was fatally wounded, he was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, where he was later confirmed dead. The other policeman is responding to treatment.”
“The unknown gunmen escaped with bullet wounds. Based on a tip-off, a notorious criminal hideout was raided, where their cohorts were arrested and they have volunteered useful information. Efforts have been intensified to arrest the gunmen.”
It would be recalled that few days to the February 23rd Presidential and National Assembly elections in the state, gunmen attacked a check point under Julius Berger fly over, killing one and carting away two rifles.
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