The paramount ruler of Ogbogoro community, Yenagoa Local Government, Bayelsa State, His Royal Highness G.G. Igodo, has escaped being abducted by six unknown gunmen.
But a teenager, Alex ThankGod, was not so lucky, as he was said to be shot by the suspected kidnappers after their failed attempt to abduct Igodo.
It was learnt that the gunmen had stormed the residence of the monarch, who until recently, was the Chairman of the Bayelsa State Council of Traditional Rulers, about 10pm on Saturday.
It was further learnt that the gunmen could not actualise their mission of seizing their target due to the information provided by members of the community to the police.
The police were said to have quickly responded to the distress call by the community members and stormed the residence of the monarch which is about one kilometre from Yenagoa metropolis.
An eyewitness, who craved anonymity, said when some policemen arrived, the gunmen abandoned their target and started shooting to scare residents.
He said it was in the process that the 18-year-old boy, ThankGod, was shot and injured before the bandits escaped.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident.
Butswat said, “On Saturday, September 19, 2015, at about 2200hrs, six unknown gunmen stormed the residence of His Royal Highness G.G Igodo, in Ogbogoro Community, in Yenagoa LGA, to abduct him.
“Members of the community alerted the Police and patrol teams were deployed in the area promptly. The hoodlums, in a bid to escape, shot and injured one Alex ThankGod 18 years old and a member of the community on his hands and stomach.
“The victim was taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, and he is responding to treatment.”
The police spokesman said efforts had been intensified to arrest the hoodlums who escaped with bullet wounds through the waterways.