A fierce gunbattle between men of the police force and some gunmen suspected to be robbers, have seen three policemen killed in Rivers state.
The suspected robbers reportedly raided around Choba community in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of the state.
According to Daily Post, the armed bandits also kidnapped two brothers who own a popular boutique at Choba.
Sources claim that the gunmen shot dead a policeman guarding the boutique before kidnapping the brothers.
An eyewitness said the gunmen used a vehicle belonging to the boutique owners for their escape through the Choba river, where they forced them onto a speed boat.
Two mobile policemen attached to a food procession company in the area, Dufil, were also shot dead by the gunmen in their bid to escape.
Sources say the operation which occurred last night has sparked fear among business owners around Choba community.
“The boys actually came to kidnapped two brothers who own that Boutique (name withheld). They were trying to escape when the police stationed at Indomie gate tried to stop them. They killed the police in cold blood before escaping through the Choba river,” a source said.
The policemen attached to Choba Divisional Headquarter have moved the remains of their slain colleagues to a mortuary.
As at the time of filing this report, the Rivers state police command had not made a statement regarding the development.7
In the same vein, a lecturer in the department of Biochemistry, University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), has been abducted by unknown gunmen.
Dr Reginald Ohiri was kidnapped, when the yet to be identified gunmen forced their way into his compound through the gate on Monday evening, 1st August.
According to Vanguard, the kidnappers have established contact with the family of the victim and are demanding N2 million ransom for his release.
Sources reveal that Ohiri was abducted from his residence in Aluu community, Ikwerre local government area of Rivers state.
The spokesman for the university where he lectures, Dr. William Wodi, confirmed the development, but said he is not aware of the exact time the lecturer was abducted.
Wodi said: “I have heard about it. His name is Dr Ohiri and a lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry, UNIPORT. I learnt he was kidnapped at his resident in Aluu.”
The public relations officer of the Rivers state police command, Mr Nnamdi Omoni, when he was contacted, said he had just received a call on the development but said he had not been fully briefed.