Nigeria: Gunmen Abduct Bayelsa Monarch As Governor Dickson Wins “Security Award”

Collins Adikoko, a deputy paramount Ruler in Ikeinghenbiri, a coastal settlement in the creeks at Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa state, has been abducted by gunmen.

Family sources told our reporter that three gunmen stormed the premises of the victim at about 2 a.m. on Saturday and whisked him away in a waiting speedboat to an unknown destination.

“They arrived the residence of the traditional ruler in the early hours of Saturday.

“They were three in number that we saw clearly, two were wearing the uniforms of Civil Defence and one was wearing the reflective jackets used by youth vigilante.

“They fired several warning shots and abducted the monarch and escaped in a waiting speedboat anchored in the nearby waterside,” the source said.

The Police Public Relations Officer for Bayelsa, Asinim Butwat, who confirmed the incident, said the Police had launched a manhunt for the unknown gunmen in a bid to rescue the victim and arrest the culprits.

Emmanuel Atewe, Commander of The Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta, codenamed Operation Pulo shield assured that the hoodlum would be apprehended shortly.

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