YENAGOA – Chief Collins Adikoko, a Deputy Paramount Ruler in Ikeinghenbiri, a coastal settlement in the creeks of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State has been abducted by gunmen.It was gathered from a family source, who pleaded anonymity that three gunmen stormed his premises at about 2 a.m. on Saturday and whisked him away.
“They arrived at the residence of the traditional ruler in the early hours of Saturday, about 2.a.m.
“They were three in number that we saw clearly; two were wearing the uniforms of Civil Defence Corps and one was wearing the reflective jackets used by youth vigilante.
“They fired several warning shots and abducted the monarch, then escaped in a waiting speedboat anchored in the nearby waterside to an unknown destination,’’ the source said.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Asinim Butwat, who confirmed the incident, said that the police had launched a manhunt for the gunmen in a bid to rescue the monarch.
Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Atewe, Commander of The Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta, codenamed Operation Pulo Shield, gave assurance that the culprits would be apprehended as soon as possible.
Atewe said that the task force had received reports of the incident and activated its security network in the creeks to fish out the kidnappers.