Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
Suspected armed herdsmen have reportedly killed a driver and abducted Guardian correspondent in Bayelsa, Comrade Julius Osahon and about 17 others.
Osahon is a former chairman of the Federated Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Bayelsa State Council.
He was abducted with others late Monday, March 28, along the East-West road, by Ewreni community, in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.
It was gathered that the deceased driver was a staff of Sunny Eru Motors based in Warri.
Stonix News has, however, gathered that the gunmen had established contact with the journalist’s wife and have demanded five million naira ransom for his release.
A Warri-based lawyer, Mr. Lucky Egboyi Esq, who said he escaped the scene by the whiskers, told journalists in Warri that they were returning from Bayelsa State when they ran into the herdsmen operating in the road.
He disclosed that the suspected herdsmen shot the Sunny Eru driver in the head and kidnapped several passengers.
“It was a narrow escape for me and a few others because we had to run into the bush. The policemen who came ran away with their van,” he claimed.
The Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe said he wasn’t aware of the incident yet.