Bayelsa police killings: Corporal returns alive as police pay N1m ransom

By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa
The police in Bayelsa State have secured the release of one Corporal Lucky Ebebi  who reportedly survived last Friday violent attack on the boat conveying some policemen to Azuzuama in Southern Ijaw council area in which twelve lives were lost.

Corporal Ebebi, aged 31, an indigene of Esama in Delta State, who was believed to have been killed in the ambush attack by the gunmen which claimed the lives of 12 policemen was discovered alive Wednesday night and rescued by the police after an alleged payment of N1m ransom.

Though the alleged ransom payment could not substantiated, he was freed from cops killers den alongside with one Indonesian in the swamp of Ukubie.

Another expatriate identified as a Greek national was said to have died in the ex-militant den.

Ebebi was admitted at the Emergency Ward of the Federal Medical Centre where he was treated for minor gunshot injury and discharged Thursday morning.

He was said to have reported at the state police headquarters, Yenagoa for debriefing.

A doctor at the only federal referral institution in the state who spoke anonymously said “Ebebi was treated for minor bruises and discharged.” Another FMC staff confirmed the development saying the police corporal was brought in Wednesday night.

According to a source, the gunmen kidnapped Ebebi after killing others and took him to a militant camp in the creek.

He said, “the process of negotiating for the release of the police corporal revealed the existence of over seven armed militant camps along Lobia, Azuzuama and other communities in the Southern Ijaw council area of the state.

“The police went for their own Lucky Ebebi but they discovered two other expatriates in the den of the kidnappers who were supposed to be beneficiaries of the ongoing Amnesty deal by the Federal Government.”

He added that the expatriates were suspected to be a Greek and an Indonesian but could not ascertained the one that died in the kidnappers den.

Contacted the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Alex Akhigbe, said he was in a meeting.

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