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Gunmen kidnap Lebanese, his police orderly in Bayelsa

NEDU MARK, Yenagoa

There appears to be tension in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital following the abduction of a Lebanese and his police orderly by suspected armed men dressed in a military uniform and taken to an unknown destination.

The man whose identities were given as Tony and his police orderly identified as Corporal Edet ,an indigene of Akwa Ibom state were whisked away from along the Ox Bow Lake axis of Yenagoa.

Before their abduction, weekend, at a sand pilling site, the Lebanese is said to be an employee of the Trenur Nigeria Limited, where he works as an expatriate staff. The kidnappers also seized the police orderly’s service rifle.

Trenur Nigeria Limited is owned by a prominent Bayelsa politician who is also a close friend and business associate of President, Dr.Goodluck Jonathan.

Following the abduction of the duo, security agencies in the State including the Department of State Security (DSS), Joint Military Task Force code named Operation Pulo Shield and the Anti-Kidnapping component of the Nigerian Police have remained confused and tensed over the lack of clue on the abduction.

The Coordinator of the Joint Media Campaign Centre of the JTF, Lt. Col. Isa Ado, however, denied any knowledge of the incident, saying: “information plays a key role in rescue operations. If we have much information, we will act. We are not aware.”

However, some officials of the Trenur Nigeria limited confirmed to newsmen that the Chairman of the company, HRH, King A.J Turner, had last week met with the State Commissioner of Police, Peter Okafor and made a formal report on the incident.

Others claimed the expatriate Managing Director of the Company has contacted some members of the Ogu Community to seek their assistance on the possible rescue of the Lebanese and the Mobile Police Officer.

Our correspondent gathered that the kidnappers, numbering over ten in two speed boats stormed the

Dredging site of the Trenur Nigeria Limited and abducted the Lebanese and the Mobile policemen.

An eyewitness, identified as Peter, said the Kidnappers were dressed in military camouflage and were in two boats.

The kidnappers also pretended to have speed boat engine problem and moved closer to the dredging site.

Hear him, “They beckoned to the Mobile Police man, and because they were dressed in full military camouflage he responded. They held him up at gun point and asked others to lie on the sand. They took away the Lebanese and the mobile escort.”

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