Unknown gunmen have abducted Ebinyon, father of the chairman of Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, Chief Gbalipre Turner.
His abduction took place about 11pm on Sunday when the armed gang whisked him away from his residence around the Samphino Road in the Kpansia Area of the state capital, Yenagoa.
The incident was confirmed by Spokesman for the State Police Command, Asinim Butswat.
Butswat said police detectives had chased Turner's abductors to Onuebum waterfront, also in Ogbia Council Area, but they escaped with the victim via a speedboat.
He said, “Policemen responded swiftly and pursued the kidnappers to Onuebum waterfront, where they abandoned the vehicle used in the kidnap and whisked away with the victim through a speedboat."
Meanwhile, the State Police Command and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps said that have lost an officer each after a gang of gunmen attacked operatives of the state security outfit, Operation Doo Akpo on Sunday night.
Butswat said the incident happened at the Okarki Junction in Yenagoa, where the operatives engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel.
He said, “On 5 September 2021, at about 2030hours, operatives of Operation Doo Akpor, at Okarki Junction, came under heavy fire by unknown gunmen, the gallant operatives engaged the hoodlums in a shoot-out and repelled them from attacking the nipping point.
“Unfortunately, a police sergeant and an operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps sustained fatal gunshots wounds, which led to their death.”
Butswat added that the Commissioner of Police, CP Eworo Echeng had ordered a manhunt to rescue the kidnapped victim and arrest the hoodlums.
He further appealed to members of the public to volunteer useful information that would assist the command in its investigation.