A team of policemen on Friday foiled an attempt by a gang of kidnappers to abduct the Chairman of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, Mr. Remember Ogbeh.
But two of the policemen, identified by their ranks as corporal, were killed by the rampaging gunmen.
The operatives, attached to the chairman, were said to have spotted the gunmen around the residence of the council boss in Amasomma, Southern Ijaw,, at about 8pm on Thursday.
The gunmen were said to have opened fire on the security team after sighting them.
A source, who spoke in confidence, said: “The bandits had sophisticated guns. They were shooting indiscriminately, especially after their sporadic gunshots were replied by the police. They kept shooting at the building.
“But the policemen withstood them. They showed some gallantry. However, two of the policemen were not lucky enough. They were hit by bullets and they died. The gunmen escaped without fulfilling their sinister mission of abducting the chairman.”
The gunmen were said to have escaped into the creeks with the riffles of the slain policemen.
The incident, it was gathered, threw the area into confusion and sent people scampering to safety.
It was, however, gathered that a special squad of the police carried out preliminary investigations on the fleeing gunmen and later arrested an alleged mastermind of the incident, identified as 24-year-old Seigha Oduwaiye.
Oduwaiye, who hails from Akassa in Brass Local Government Area, was said to have made useful statements to the police.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Butswat Asinim, said the men of the anti-kidnapping unit of the police have intensified efforts to arrest Oduwaiye’s fleeing gang members.
He said: “On the 30 July, 2015, at about 8pm four dare-devil gunmen stormed the residence of the of Southern Ijaw LGA, Hon Remember Ogbe, at Amassoma in Southern Ijaw LGA to abduct him, but were engaged in a gun battle with the policemen attached to the chairman.
“The unknown gunmen retreated, but the two police orcporals lost their lives due to injuries sustained in the encounter. The corpses of the deceased policemen were deposited at the Federal Medical Centre, Mortuary, Yenagoa, for autopsy.”
In a related development, a gang of kidnappers was said to have attacked the residence of one Mrs. Tonye Aroh in Opume community in Ogbia, and abducted her.
The 80-year-old Aroh was said to have been kidnapped at about 8pm, same time the other gang of gunmen killed the policemen.
The bandits were said to have unsettled the community with sporadic shooting before whisking the octogenarian away in a speedboat.
Confirming the incident, the Chairman of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Ogbia Clan, Mr. Osanya B. Osanya, condemned the abduction and urged the kidnappers to release the old woman without delay.
“The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Ogbia clan will partner with the security agencies to make sure the woman is released safely. We advise the youths in the clan to conduct themselves properly and engage in legal activities,” he said.
APPLY: WTO opens entry for 2022 young professionals programme
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has opened applications for its 2022 Young Professional Programme (YPP).
The programme provides opportunity for young professionals to enhance their knowledge of the organisation and international trade issues.
In 2021, 14 professionals out of 2,400 candidates were selected for the programme from Bangladesh, Belize, Dominican Republic, Eswatini, Guatemala, Georgia, Indonesia, Malawi, Mauritania, Namibia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Chinese Taipei and Thailand.
WTO said “The YPP is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience which can help open the door for future professional opportunities in the field of multilateral diplomacy and global trade.
“The YPP selection gives preference to young professionals from developing and least-developed countries that are members of the WTO and whose nationals are currently under-represented or not represented in the organization’s Secretariat.
“The programme is part of the Secretariat’s overall goal to increase its diversity to better reflect the make-up of its membership.”
To be eligible, applicants must be of age 32 as of January 1, 2022, and selected candidates will work at the WTO secretariat for one year, starting from the beginning of next year.
The areas of work at the programme includes accessions, agriculture, dispute settlement, intellectual property rights, market access, media and external relations, WTO rules, trade and development, trade and environment, trade in services and investment, trade facilitation, trade policy analysis and trade-related technical assistance.
WTO said candidates must have advanced university degree in law, economics, or other international trade-related subjects relevant to WTO work; must possess relevant expertise or continued academic study in a field of interest to the work of the WTO.
Equally, candidates must similarly have a minimum of two years relevant work experience.
The trade organisation further said selected candidates will be paid $3821.66 (N1,454,141.63 million) monthly and applications can be accessed on the WTO e-Recruitment website and should be completed no later than 29 April 2021.
Buhari receives briefing from Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The President had last Thursday returned to the country after a16-day medical trip to London, United Kingdom.
He left Nigeria on Tuesday, March 30, briefly after a security meeting with defense and intelligence chiefs as well as other security sector managers.
Gunmen attack Imo police station, kidnap officer
A police officer has been abducted in an attack on Mbieri Divisional Police Headquarters in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state on Thursday morning.
This comes three days after the state Police Command headquarters and Owerri Correctional Center were attacked while 1,884 inmates released.
A resident of Mbieri said the gunmen released the suspects in custody.
However, the policemen on duty were said to have engaged the attackers in a gun duel but they were reportedly overpowered by the gunmen who had sophisticated weapons.
A community leader, Nokey Ebikam, told newsmen that the police divisional headquarters was not burnt but only freed the suspects in detention after vandalizing it.
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the attack on the police station but did not go into details.
It was gathered that aside the officer who was abducted, two others sustained injuries in the incident which is the second major attack on a police station since an armed gang invaded the state police headquarters on Monday.
The Police authorities have blamed the attacks on the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) but the group has distanced itself from the attacks.
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