Saturday, June 18, 2011

Ex-militant leader, driver shot dead in Nigeria: police

12 June 2011

YENAGOA, Nigeria — Unknown gunmen on Saturday shot dead a former militant leader and his driver on the outskirts of Yenagoa, capital of Nigeria's oil-rich Bayelsa State, the state police boss said.

"I can confirm that Ebi Albert and his driver were shot dead today in their car by the gunmen who we think were trailing him from Port Harcourt," Aliyu Musa told AFP on telephone.

The oil city Port Harcourt is about 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Yenagoa.

The policeman in their company in the car escaped with bullet wounds, he said.

The motive for the killing is still unknown.

"No arrests have been made yet. We are investigating the killing and why he was travelling in company of a policeman," added Musa.

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