One officer and four civilians were killed while others sustained injuries when gunmen ambushed a police convoy at Idema- Otuabagi Road, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
The victims were returning from the burial of a police officer on Saturday, May 14, when the gunmen suspected to be kidnappers opened fire on the convoy.
Spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the incident in a statement on Sunday, said the Commissioner of Police has ordered for a manhunt for the perpetrators.
“On 14 May, 2022, at about 0745 hours, Suspected gunmen ambushed Policemen serving at Rivers Command, at Idema- Otuabagi Road, Ogbia Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, while returning from burial of a colleague late ASP Gilbert Sampson, at Imago Kugbo, Rivers State,” the statement read.
“The suspected gunmen opened fire at the vehicle conveying the Police Officers and other civilians. In the process PC Asuo Osuani ‘m’ and Special Constabulary Odeoye Sampson ‘m’, Mr Terry Lucky ‘m’, Jennifer Adejo ‘f’ and Asueroh Tobins ‘f’ were fatally shot and later died. While Inspector Urere Edwin, Rejoice Sampson ‘f’ and Reward Sampson ‘f’ sustained bullets injuries and are responding to treatment,”
“The Commissioner of Police Bayelsa State Command *CP Ben Nebolisa Okolo, fdc* has ordered a manhunt for the gunmen who perpetrated the dastardly act. Investigation is ongoing.”