The Nigeria Police said on Saturday that it would apprehend those who killed a police sergeant on Friday night in Yenogoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
The policeman, who was on guard duty at Udeme Hotels in Yenegoa, was killed when suspected armed robbers opened fire on him and his colleagues. Another policeman was injured in the attack.
The Bayelsa State Command of the police made the vow in a statement by its spokesman, DSP Asinim Butswat, adding that efforts had been intensified to arrest the gunmen.
According to him, the gunmen, operating in a Toyota Camry, opened fire on the policemen about 9pm without any provocation.
“The Policemen fired back at the armed robbers and in the ensuing gun battle, one sergeant was fatally wounded, he was rushed to the Federal Medical Center, Yenagoa, where he was later confirmed dead.
“The other Policeman is responding to treatment. The unknown gunmen escaped with bullets wounds.
“Based on a tipoff, a notorious criminal hideout was raided, where their cohorts were arrested and they have volunteered useful information.
“Efforts have been intensified to arrest the gunmen,” Butswat said.
An eyewitness told journalists on condition of anonymity, that the gunmen drove into the hotel in a Toyota Camry while pretending to be customers.
“They turned at the car park and drove towards the gate where they opened fire on the policemen,” he said.
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