By Nathan Nwakamma
Two Marine cops have been reported killed by gunmen in Ogbia Local authorities space of Bayelsa state.
They have been killed within the Marine Base, Mr. Asuquo Amba, the Bayelsa Police Commissioner, confirmed.
He mentioned in Yenagoa on Wednesday that the gunmen, suspected to be pirates additionally made away with two rifles and a 200 horsepower outboard boat engine.
“At about 002hrs on Tuesday, some unknown gunmen suspected to be sea pirates got here in two boats from totally different instructions attacked our males that have been on the marine base at Ogbia.
“We tried to be as defensive as doable. In the course of change of fireside we misplaced two policemen who have been shot in motion and so they have been in a position to make away with two of our rifles.
“Also a 200 horsepower outboard engine belonging to the Ogbia Local Government Area was carted away.
“To present you the extent of change of fireside on the scene we have been in a position to recuperate a G3 journal, which was utilized by them, with 17 dwell ammunition and 18 expended ammunition.
“The firing was not from one route. It was by means of totally different instructions. Prior to this time, we had secured our GMP gun which I feel was one of many most important factor they have been on the lookout for.
“Their target was that but we were able to secure it, so they could not steal it. We lost two police officers in action and the officer that led the team, an ASP, was equally injured and is recovering,”.Amba mentioned
He regretted the resurgence of the actions of sea pirates which the command had curtailed in the course of the festive interval.
The CP mentioned that the Command has enlisted the help of different businesses to assist verify the menace of piracy.
He mentioned that accessible intelligence indicated that there had been a resurgence of actions of pirates within the state to sabotage the efforts of the federal government to safe the waterways.
“This is a latest growth and it has given us a trigger to take a seat up. We will re-strategise and safe our base and the water areas. I’m certain they should have run away with their casualties.
“As at 2.00am, I, the Deputy and Assistant Commissioners in command of Operations and others visited the neighborhood and we’ve unfold our dragnets.
“We have informed other security agencies and all efforts are being made to apprehend the suspects,” Amba mentioned.
Residents of the world mentioned that the hoodlums attacked the marine police formation within the wee hours of Tuesday and ransacked the place looking for arms and killed the 2 policemen on guard obligation who confronted them.
Mr Lloyd Sese, Chairman of the Maritime Workers Union in Bayelsa, additionally confirmed the event and mentioned that it had paralyzed the marine transport sector as boat operators have been terrified of the pirates.
“If they could be so daring to invade a Marine Police Base and disarm policemen on guard and kill two of them, then the waterways cannot be safe for marine transport operators hence we withdrew our boats,” Sese mentioned.