Friday, 6 May 2016

Naval ratings’ bodies found on Bayelsa water




The bodies of three Naval ratings killed by suspected militants on Tuesday at a wellhead in Nembe creek in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have been recovered.
It was learnt that the corpses of an unidentified official of an oil firm, ICEO, and an assistant boat driver who were victims of the militants’ attack were also recovered.
The bodies, it was further learnt, had floated along the Brass waterways and were reportedly found by a search team of Naval operatives.
Four naval ratings attached to the oil servicing company, were reportedly killed on Tuesday following a surprise attack by suspected militants at the Nembe creek.
A senior official of ICEO and his wife, identified only as Mercy, were among persons reportedly gunned down by the invading militants.
Mercy had reportedly accompanied her husband on an inspection tour of a wellhead supplying crude oil to Nembe flowstation when the incident occurred.
She was said to have been killed on the spot in the attack described by security sources as “deadly.”
It was learnt that a search team by NNS SOROH found three bodies out of the four naval ratings, who were initially declared missing.
A security source, who did not want his name mentioned, said the gunmen after killing the woman, shot all the occupants of the boat and pushed them into the river.
He said the driver of the ill-fated boat survived the attack, while his assistant and the senior employee of ICEO were found dead.
He claimed the militants later removed the boat’s outboard engine and went away with the rifles and other ammunition of the Naval personnel.
He said militants in the Niger Delta region had regrouped, noting that the resurgence of militancy began immediately a foremost ex-militant leader was declared wanted by the federal authorities.
He said, “Security personnel in the region are the main targets because these militants have interest in their arms. They kill security agents and collect their arms and other ammunition. They are now stockpiling them for possible major onslaught.”
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