Five members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving in Rivers State have been abducted. The corps members, including four females were said to have been whisked away by gunmen somewhere at Omademe in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state while on the way to their place of primary assignment.
The abduction occurred just as suspected hoodlums killed two policemen and wounded another in the early hours of yesterday in Port Harcourt. Sources told Daily Sun that the corps members were riding in a car belonging to one of them when the gunmen struck. No group had claimed responsibility for the abduction as at press time.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the NYSC directorate in the state, Mr. Esan told Daily Sun that officials of the directorate had been sent to the area to obtain details of the incident.
He confirmed that only one male was among the victims.The Commissioner of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba said vigorous search by several police teams in the surrounding areas had commenced to trace the abducted corps members. He said all hands were on deck on the investigation that would lead to the rescue of the victims and arrest of the gunmen.
In another development, two policemen died and another one wounded when suspected gunmen attacked some policemen on duty under Eliozu bridge in Port Harcourt in the wee hours of yesterday.The dead are an inspector and a corporal, while the wounded is a police constable. He was reportedly shot in the abdomen.
The incident occurred few days after a similar attack on a police patrol team in the outskirts of the capital city in which two policemen were felled by hoodlums.
Unconfirmed sources stated that the gunmen in the latest attack, went away with the rifles of the dead policemen.
It was gathered that the wounded policeman was receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital. When contacted, Police spokesman, Mr. Benjamin Ugwuegbulam (DSP) told Daily Sun that investigation was still in progress to trace the culprits and recover their weapons.
Thursday, June 9, 2011