15 June 2015, Yenagoa – Dare-devil pirates operating along the rivers and creeks of the Niger Delta over the weekend shot dead a Naval officer in Akassa area of Brass Local Government, Bayelsa State.
The gunmen were said to have opened fire on a Naval crew on a routine patrol at a checkpoint in Akassa area of the state on Saturday. The area is the notorious corridor used by oil thieves and foreign vessels to steal Nigeria oil.
The gunmen who had earlier raised their hands up at the Navy routine checkpoint in compliance with the security regulations on the waterways opened fire on the security while they were attending to another passengers’ boat.
It was gathered that the gunmen numbering about three then zoomed off into the creeks after killing the naval officer.
The remains of the unnamed naval officer, who is said to be working at the Forward Operating Base, NNS Formoso, located in Brass had been recovered and deposited at an unnamed morgue in Brass.
The Brass/Akassa corridor of the Bayelsa waterways has been a source of concern for naval authorities which conplained that majority of pirate activities along the nation’s waterways take place there.
Contacted, the Commanding Officer, FOB FORMOSO, Captain A.S. Olanrewaju declined to comment on the matter.
*Segun James – Thisday