Youths assault NIS operatives, snatch two rifles


Gunmen suspected to be Ijaw youths from Ogbe-Ijoh neighborhood within the Warri South West Native Authorities Space of Delta State on Saturday night attacked the patrol staff of the Nigeria Immigration Service. They injured one and picked up two rifles belonging to the operatives of the NIS after a gun duel.

Our correspondent learnt that an operative of the Marine Police workforce who rushed to the scene to rescue the officers additionally sustained a gunshot damage on his hand through the assault which lasted for over half-hour at about 6:40pm on Saturday.

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The NIS operatives have been waylaid by the gunmen who chanted Ijaw warfare songs alongside the creeks of Fegenegbene group reverse Ogbe-Ijoh whereas heading in direction of Warri Foremost Market after a capturing spree that raised apprehension.

A supply hooked up to the Marine Police Publish in Warri mentioned if not for police swift intervention three operatives of the NIS and a civilian speedboat pilot would have been kidnapped by the closely armed gunmen numbering about 10.

It was learnt that the assault was not unconnected with the latest rivalry over the disputed land boundary between Aladja neighborhood in Udu Council and Ogbe-Ijoh neighborhood in Warri South West Native Authorities areas of the state.

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When contacted, the spokesperson for the Delta State Command of NIS, Pleasure Obikwe, an Assistant Superintendent, claimed she was not conscious of the incident and requested our correspondent to provide her three minutes to get particulars of the assault.

Thirty minutes later when our correspondent known as again she refused to choose her as of the time of submitting this report.

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