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Police investigate alleged kidnap of two Shell officials in Bayelsa


Written by Samuel Oyadongha   
Monday, 03 November 2008
Bayelsa State police command has commenced investigation into the alleged kidnap of two officials of the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) along Okordia/Zarama road in the old Yenagoa local government area of the state.The kidnapped officers were identified as Mr. Michael Obikaun and Mrs. Favour Dappah of the inspectorate division of the Anglo Dutch oil giant, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

According to a statement issued by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Iniobong Ibokette (DSP), the kidnappers trailed the officials from Port Harcourt and finally swooped on them along the Okordia/Zarama road.

The kidnappers armed with dangerous weapons, were said to have shot indiscriminately into the air ostensibly to frighten away any would be intruder before whisking them away in a dark brown Mercedes Benz 190 E car to an unknown destination.

Vanguard reliably learnt that the kidnapped officials were on supervision of on-going electrification project at Okordia/Zarama community.

“The state command is making concerted efforts to track down the perpetrators of the heinous crime,” said the state police public relations officer.

Reacting to the development, the people of Okordia kingdom yesterday condemned the abduction of the SPDC supervisors executing the electrification project in the area.

The traditional ruler of the kingdom, King Richard Seibai in an interview with newsmen described the action as barbaric and anti-development especially at a time efforts are being made to provide sustainable development.

He pleaded with the state government to come to their aid and arrest the situation by bringing the culprits to book and promised to work with government to arrest the situation.

The king also appealed to government to deploy officers of the Joint Task Force to beef up security in the kingdom and for Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) to prevail on its workers to return to site.


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