[From Chris Eze, Yenagoa]
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has strongly condemned Thursday’s attack on the Toru-Orua country home of his immediate predecessor, Chief Henry Seriake Dickson.
The governor said in a statement by his spokesman, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, that it is unthinkable that an illustrious son of Bayelsa and the Ijaw nation as Chief Dickson could be the target of such a mindless attack.
He said his government would work with the police and other security agencies to ensure the perpetrators of the dastardly act are apprehended and brought to book.
While commending the gallantry of the security personnel that repelled the attackers, Governor Diri however commiserated with the family of the police officer who unfortunately died as a result of the attack.
He also extended his condolences to the Inspector General of Police and the police authorities over the loss.
He prayed God to grant them the fortitude to bear the unfortunate departure of such a gallant officer.
Meanwhile, Chairman of Sagbama Local Government Area, Hon. Embeleakpo Alale in a statement disclosed that the unknown gunmen reportedly struck at about 2:00am Thursday, and engaged in heavy exchange of gun fire resulting in the death of a Police Inspector who tried to repel the assailants.
The statement which was signed by his Press Secretary,Dr. Nikade Anderson
said that the body of the slain police officer had been deposited at a mortuary in Sagbama town.
The Bayelsa State Command Police Public Relations Officer Asinim Butswat revealed that full scale investigation has been launched to uncover and bring the perpetrators of the dastardly act to book.
It would be recalled that gunmen, Wednesday night, stormed the country home of the former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Henry Seriake Dickson in Toru Orua, Sagbama Local Government Area.
It was learnt that the gunmen attempted to invade the compound through the Forcados River but the police team on guard engaged them in a shoot- out, repelled the attack, but lost one of their men in the gun duel.
Spokesman of Chief Dickson, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei while confirming the attack in a statement said the former Governor and his family were not in the compound during the attack having been away in Abuja and Yenagoa for about three weeks.
He said the former Governor condoled with the immediate family of the late police officer, the Inspector General of Police, the Bayelsa State Commissioner of police and the entire police team on the death of the gallant policeman.
Chief Dickson who said that this period was a trying one to the country, the police and the security agencies called on the society to give the security agencies the requisite support to effectively carry out the sensitive duty of securing the society.
The former Governor said that the Commissioner of Police and heads of other security agencies have commenced immediate investigation to unravel those who perpetrated the heinous acts.
He assured that no stone would be left unturned in the bid to fish out those behind the cruel act.
He called on his supporters across the Ijaw nation to give relevant information to the police to aid their investigation into the crime.
He also urged everybody to remain calm to await the outcome of police investigation.
Contacted, Spokesman of Bayelsa police command, Asinim Butswat (SP) said he was on his way to the office to get full detail on the incident.
Observers say the attack may not be unconnected with the race for the Bayelsa West Senatorial bye election of which the former governor has succeeded in muscling out other contenders in PDP to pick the ticket to fly the party flag in the election.