Six decomposing corpses have been reportedly discovered along the Brass River in the East senatorial district of Bayelsa state. The corpses, which were found floating, are believed to be those of Tuesday’s victims of a violent attack on a boat conveying some oil workers on a visit to an oil facility in the Nembe creek.
Sources said the victims which included two naval ratings reportedly met their untimely death Tuesday morning when they were attacked by some unknown gunmen suspected to be sea pirates. A police source in the area told newsmen the floating corpses were recovered Wednesday afternoon by a naval team deployed in the area with the assistance of some local divers. A senior oil worker and his pregnant wife simply identified as Mercy were among the victims.
Spokesman for the Central Naval Command, Lt. Commander Edward Yeibo, confirmed the attack in the Nembe creek, adding that naval craft, NNS SOROH had been deployed in the area. Some residents of the Nembe community have expressed concern over the rising incident of violence along the Nembe creeks and waterways.
On Tuesday, four gunmen were reportedly killed and a soldier injured in an unsuccessful ambush by sea pirates in Peregbene, along the Ogbia-Nembe waterways, Bayelsa State. Security operatives attached to the Joint Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield, the body designated by the federal government to fight criminalities in the region, reportedly overpowered the gang of sea robbers during a shootout, killing four members of the gang in the process.
Coordinator of the Joint Media Campaign Centre (JMCC), Col. Isa Ado, who confirmed the incident, said that the soldiers were on patrol of the waterways when they saw the hoodlums between Peregbene and Obama, who on sighting the soldiers opened fire, trying to flee. But they were felled by the soldiers’ gunfire.