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Escort and driver killed as gunmen abduct two Shell Workers in Rivers

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Escort and driver killed as gunmen abduct two Shell Workers in Rivers

A Sky policeman (escort) working with Shell Petroleum Development Company was on Thursday shot dead by a group of gunmen along Ahoada-Ndele-Rumuji axis of the East-West road.

Two of the company’s employees were also said to have been abducted by the gunmen, who came out of the bush to stop the vehicle travelling from Yenagoa in Bayelsa State to Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Sky policemen are special security men, who work for corporate organisations in the country.

It was gathered that the Sky police was driving the escort vehicle when the bandits struck, shooting him first before abducting the two other persons.

The incident, which happened at about 4:00pm, caused panic among motorists plying the road, forcing many of them to flee the area.

“The other two are still with them (kidnappers). Friends and families are trying to see how they (victims) can be released,” the source said.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Nnamdi Omoni, also confirmed the incident to our correspondent, adding that investigation had begun to ensure that the victims regained their freedom.

Meanwhile, abductors of four employees of the National Emergency Management Agency are demanding the sum of N40m as ransom for their release.

It was gathered that the kidnappers were asking for N10m each as ransom for the four NEMA workers, who were taken away on Tuesday in Abua-Odual Local Government Area of Rivers while on official duty.

The gunmen had shot and injured one of the workers, who later escaped after pretending to have died during the attack.

Those in the custody of the bandits are Julius Alunomoh, Damian Egwu, Olisa Ojukwu and Chidiebere Wendy, a lady.

The victims were abducted while trying to get the number of farmers to benefit from the National Emergency Agricultural Intervention Fund covering 18 states in the country.

NEMA’s Director Disaster Risk Reduction, Vincent Owan, said steps were being taken to ensure the release of the kidnapped workers.

In another event also on Thursday, gunmen attacked an Abau/Odual council commercial bus, killing its driver, a policeman and robbing passengers of their belongings along the East-West Road.

It was gathered that the driver, who was identified as Jonadab Sokolo, was conveying passengers in a Toyota Coaster bus from Port Harcourt to Abua when they were attacked.

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