Gunmen Kill Cop, Bolt with His Corpse


Emmanuel Addeh in Yenagoa

It was like a scene from a Hollywood thriller in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, on Wednesday when some gunmen shot dead a senior police officer identified as Mathew Akpos and disappeared with his corpse.

The policeman, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), was reportedly gunned down along the OMPADEC school field in Amarata suburbs.

Eyewitnesses told newsmen that stray bullets from the gunshots fired at the scene of the incident also hit an elderly woman, who is a trader in the area, on the leg and stomach.

While the policeman’s body was taken away by his assailants, the woman was said to have been rushed to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) where doctors were said to be battling to save her life.

‘’The gunmen dressed like a special police squad. They wore the outfits of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and wore police bulletproof vests”, a resident who preferred to remain anonymous said.

He said the gunmen drove into the community in a black Hilux vehicle and accosted their target immediately.

“There were gunshots all over the place. I was at a supermarket directly opposite the scene of the incident. The way they drove into the community was suspicious and sent panic waves all over the place.

“But the gunshots caused commotion in the area as people, even youths who were playing football abandoned the game and scampered for safety”, he added.