Suspected crude oil thieves yesterday attacked a Police check point and Police Divisional headquarters in Kolo Community of Ogbia Local Government Area Council of Bayelsa State, killing a Police Sargent and carting away his service rifle.
Also seriously injured in the attack was a Police corporal and two Civilians from Kolo and Oloibiri communities of Ogbia Local Council.
Leadership gathered that the incident, which occurred at about 8pm on Monday, provoked confusion in the community with indigenes and Policemen attached to the Kolo Divisional headquarters scampering for safety.
While a community source told leadership that the attackers, numbering Four and armed with guns and other dangerous weapons, were stopped for a stop and search operation at the check point by policemen and a discovery of bunkered kerosene discovered in their vehicle.
Others claimed the attacked check point, being operated by the Kolo Divisional Police, was known for the alleged illegal collection of bribe from suspected illegal bunkerers passing through the area and the attack was due to arguement in amount demanded by the policemen.
Leadership gathered that the attackers came dow from the vehicle and shot dead the Policeman and attack the injured corporal with machete blows, ” the other two policemen took to their heels and ran into the Police station. The boys chased them into the station but left without further attack.”
An indigene of the community,who tried to assist the police was also attacked with machete.
Confirming the incident, the authorities of the Bayelsa State Police Command through its spokesperson, Astim Butswat, confirmed that the police sergeant was killed and his firearm stolen.
According to the Statement, ” the Bayelsa state command wishes to use this medium to inform the general public that on 4th of September,2017 at about 2030hrs, policemen on vehicular patrol along Kolo 2 in Ogbia Local Government area were attacked by unknown gunmen”
” Based on a tip off the policemen intercepted a vehicle conveying suspected militants. Two of the suspects were arrested and handcuffed but resisted any attempt by policemen to search their vehicle in the ensuring uproar,members of the community gathered around th vehicle and rescued the arrested suspect and the policemen were attacked.”
” The Command regrettably lost a police sergeant and arms a police corporal and a civilian were injured and are responding to treatment in the hospital. Members of the Public are advised to assist the police in fighting crime rathern than compound police investigations as the crowd was partly responsible for the attack on the policemen.”