CP orders manhunt for killers of a police officer, 4 civilians in Bayelsa


By Eunice Nnachi, Yenagoa

Commissioner of Police Bayelsa State Command, CP Ben Nebolisa Okolo, on Sunday ordered a manhunt for suspected gunmen who ambushed and killed a policeman as well as four civilians.

A statement by the police Public Relations Officer, SP Asinim Butswat said, “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 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 bullet injuries and are responding to treatment”, the statement said.

According to the statement, the Commissioner of Police has ordered a manhunt for the gunmen who perpetrated the dastardly act.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police Bayelsa State Command, CP Ben Nebolisa Okolo, has felicitate with the Ijaws on Boro Day celebration and urged them to unite for peace and progress of the country.

CP Okolo said, “The Bayelsa Police Command has put in place adequate security measures to ensure a hitch free celebration.”

“Members of the public are advised to go about their legitimate businesses and other activities as adequate security measures have been put in place to guarantee their safety.

“Miscreants and hoodlums who may want to hijack the procession are however warned to desist from such, as Policemen are strategically positioned to ensure that the procession from Imgbi Junction to Ijaw House goes on without hitches. Any person or group of persons found disrupting the Boro Day celebration will be arrested and prosecuted”, he added.