Policeman, Robber Killed In Bayelsa Gun Battle

An unidentified policeman attached to the Department of Operations of the Bayelsa State Police Command has been shot dead by suspected robbers at Agudama, Yenagoa Local Government Area.

Also, a member of the gang and a resident of Agudama, Victor Abule, died in the robbery.

It was learnt that the incident happened at 11 pm on Saturday when a five-man robbery gang stormed the home of Evelyn Patrick at Agudama.

The bandits were said to have shot dead Abule, who was Patrick’s neighbour, for allegedly spying on them.

The deceased police officer was said to have confronted the robbers when they were escaping with their loot.

This reportedly led to an exchange of gunfire between the hoodlums and the policeman.

While the policeman shot dead one of the suspected robbers, he had a bullet wound that later caused his death at an undisclosed hospital.

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It was gathered that the bodies of the victims had been deposited at the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre in Yenagoa, the state capital.

Police spokesman Asinim Butswat, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), confirmed the robbery incident and the three casualties.

Butswat said: “On January 1, at 2200 hour (10 pm), a five-man robbery gang, robbed Evelyn Patrick at Agudama in Yenagoa and shot dead Victor Abule, 23.

“Consequently, as they were escaping, a police officer confronted the armed men and shot dead one of them. The officer sustained gunshots injuries. He was rushed to the hospital where he eventually died.”

The spokesman said the command had begun a manhunt for the fleeing suspects while investigation had begun into the incident.

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Also, a 27-year-old man in Yenagoa, Nwani Nnamdi, has died in a boat mishap.

Nnamdi reportedly died after the canoe conveying him and another person capsized at the Down Yenagoa Creek.

The passenger died before he could get help.

The condition of another passenger travelling alongside Nnmadi could not be verified last night.

The canoe was said to have sunk after it was hit by the waves from a passenger speedboat which drove past as it was crossing to another side of the creek.

Butswat, who confirmed the incident, said the deceased, whose body had been deposited at the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Yenagoa, hailed from Ebonyi State and was 27.