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Tension in Yenagoa as gunmen attack ex-governor’s home, kill police

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By Kenechukwu Obiajuru, Yenagoa

Gunmen suspected to be assassins, yesterday, attacked the country home of former governor of Bayelsa state, Hon. Seriake Dickson Toru-Orua community in Sagbama local government area, killing a police inspector during exchange of gunfire.

According to police report, on 19 November, 2020, about 0200 hours, the unknown gunmen, who arrived in three speedboats through the Forcados River, attempted to invade the residence of Hon. Dickson; but were repelled by policemen on duty.

In a statement, the Police Public Relations Officer, Asinim Butswat, further explained that “an Inspector of Police, who sustained gunshot injuries resulting from the fierce encounter with the gunmen, later died and his corpse has been deposited at the mortuary.”

“The Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa state command, CP Mike Okoli, has visited the scene and appeals to members of the community to remain calm, as the command is working assiduously to arrest the perpetrators and bring them to book.”

According to community sources, Dickson and his family were not in the community during the attack. The former governor had, however, condoled with the immediate family of the late police officer, the Inspector General of Police, the Bayelsa state police commissioner and the entire police team on the death of the gallant policeman.

The former governor said that the commissioner of police and heads of other security agencies have commenced immediate investigation to unravel those, who perpetrated the heinous acts.

He assured that no stone would be left unturned in the bid to fish out those behind the cruel act.

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