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Chinese victim foils kidnap attempt at hotel in Bayelsa Govt House



Chinese victim foils kidnap attempt at hotel in Bayelsa Govt House
In what has been described as a daring move, gunmen suspected to be kidnappers, Sunday night, attacked the Castle Hotel located inside the Bayelsa State Government House, Onopa, Yenagoa, the state capital.
According to reports, the gunmen stormed the hotel at about 11:50pm to abduct some Chinese expatriates lodging in the area.
The Castle is an edifice formerly designed to accommodate government guests by the former administration in the state but was converted into a hotel by Governor Seriake Dickson’s government as part of plans to promote tourism in the state, and generate revenue.
The kidnappers were said to have gained access to the building through the River Nun channel at the back of the Government House.
Luck however ran out for the kidnappers when one of the expatriates displayed his skills in martial art to disarm a member of the gang.
Hiding in a dingy part of the building, the expatriate hit one of the gunmen who cried out in pains and forced other members of the gang to fire sporadic gunshots.
The gunshots reportedly attracted police operatives who raced to the scene and engaged the kidnappers in gun battle, with the gunmen fleeing the scene and abandoning their rifles.
According to a security source, the action of the kidnappers was daring.
However, the Police Public Relations Officer,PPRO, Mr. Butswat Asinim, who confirmed the development insisted that the location of the incident was expatriate quarters in Onopa.


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