Two Policemen lost their lives while trying to prevent an alleged assassination attempt on the Executive Chairman of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, Chief Remember P N Ogbe at his residence in Amassoma.
The bloody but unsuccessful assassination attempt was carried out by unidentified gunmen who invaded the premises of the Chairman at about 8:55 pm on Thursday and made frantic effort to shoot directly at the Chairman.
But they were, however, prevented from doing so by the gallant Police officers who engaged them in gun battle for 30 minutes and in the process lost their lives.
Confirming the report, the Police Public Relation Officer, ASP Asinim Butswat, in a statement said, “on the 30th July, 2015, at about 8pm four daredevil gunmen stormed the residence of the Chairman Southern Ijaw LGA, Hon Remember Ogbe, at Amassoma in Southern Ijaw LGA to abduct him, but were engaged in a gun battle by Policemen attached to the Chairman.
“The unknown gunmen retreated, but the two Police Corporals 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.
“Men of the anti-kidnapping unit, have arrested the mastermind of the foiled kidnap, one Seigha Oduwaiye from Akassa Brass LGA. The suspect has made useful statements. The men of the anti-kidnapping unit have intensified efforts to arrest his fleeing cohorts.”
Nigerian Pilot on Sunday confirmed that the assailants, after failing to kidnap or sniff the life out of the Chief Ogbe, resorted to damaging valuable property of the Chairman before they sped off with an unregistered Toyota Jeep.
Chief Ogbe, who seems visibly unruffled, urged law enforcement agencies to swing into action by ensuring that the unwarranted and unprovoked attack on his person and property was thoroughly investigated and the hoodlums brought to book.


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