Two more bodies have been recovered owing to last weekend’s attack in the waterways of Southern Ijaw in Bayelsa State. It was learnt that the gang of pirates who killed an operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in an ambush in the state, also shot dead two civilians in a separate attack on the same day. The two civilian victims were said to have been caught in a cross-fire shortly after their encounter with the team of NSCDC on Friday night. THISDAY learnt that the two persons were heading for Agbobiri community in Southern Ijaw, for a funeral when they were attacked by the gunmen.
A security source who asked not to be named, confirmed that the incident happened after the gunmen exchanged bullets with NSCDC operatives who were returning from a surveillance duty in the community. He said the bodies of the unidentified civilians had been recovered and deposited in a mortuary in the area. The source condemned constant attacks on the state waterways by pirates, militants and sea robbers. He appealed to security agencies to intensify their efforts to curb the trend and restore maritime security in the state.
The operatives from the anti-vandal unit of NSCDC who went to the creeks on Friday to check oil installations in the area were ambushed by the pirates with one of them killed. It was gathered that the deceased was an indigene of Okodi in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state. Divers were said to have recovered the body of the deceased NSCDC operative. The state Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr. Desmond Agu, confirmed the killing of one of his men, describing it as unfortunate incident.