Unknown gunmen suspected to be sea pirates on Monday attacked military check point at Ogbolomabiri, in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa, killing three soldiers and some civilians. The gunmen also reportedly carted away arms and ammunition and a gun boat belonging to soldiers.
The gun duel was between militants and the Nigeria Army attached to the Nembe base in Bayelsa that was initially attacked in November 2015 with five soldiers killed.
Confirming the report, A statement by the Acting Coordinator Joint Media Campaign Centre, Lieutenant Commander A. AHMED,, said “some suspected gunmen believed to be militants at about 10:am on 8 August 2016 attacked 343 Artillery Regiment.
“A detachment of Operation DELTA SAFE deployed at Nembe Jetty in Bayelsa State. During the incidence, 3 soldiers lost their lives.
According to the statement, “the Commander of Operation DELTA SAFE, Rear Admiral Joseph Okojie has consequently deployed reinforcement team to apprehend the perpetrators of this heinous crime.
“He warned that henceforth, Operation DELTA SAFE will go on offensive to fish out all criminals in the region.
“It should be noted that, the attack by militants is as a result of the ongoing operations of the Joint Task Force operation DELTA SAFE aimed at flushing out all forms of criminality especially pipeline vandalism and destruction of illegal refinery within the region.
“The Command wishes to assure law abiding public particularly the Nembe Community that Operation DELTA SAFE is mandated to ensure conducive and safe water ways for legitimate businesses in the Joint Operation Areas.”
An eyewitness, Mrs Marry Benjamin, a native in the area, who spoke said the incident, occurred at about 10 am Monday.
“I don’t know how many persons that have been killed, but the incident have claimed some soldiers live; there were casualties caused by stray bullets which also killed some persons (civilians) around at the waterside in the area.
“The soldiers, attached to the attacked check point were caught unaware as they could not return fire in the surprise attack.
“The killing of the soldiers have triggered panic in Nembe area, our people have started moving out in fear of military reprisal; we can no longer stay in the area because shootings have been on-going here and there,” Benjamin said
A source who claimed anonymity said, “while we were sleeping, suspected militants engaged the Nigerian military in a fierce 3hours gunfight around this place in Nembe.
“Among the uncertainties are the identity of the attackers, the purpose of attack and the actual number of casualties although the speculation is that there were about 12 dead both military and a militant.
“At the end the militants ‘partly damaged’ an airforce jet while they still made away with a naval gunboat. The community is now ‘occupied’ by the military.
“While I give them kudos for bravery, they are advised to understand that the militants have long left Nembe and there should be no transfer of aggression”
Meanwhile, the President of the Ijaw youths council worldwide, Engr. Udengs Eradiri has condemned the killing of some soldiers along the Nembe Creek by some armed militia dressed as persons attending a burial.
The sad event which occurred on Monday at the aforementioned location in Bayelsa, was reported that the armed militia opened fire on the military checkpoint along the Nembe Creek, killing about three soldiers and carting away their Guns and a military Gunboat.
Speaking on a telephone conversation, Engr. Udengs expresses sympathy with the family of the deceased and the Nigerian army, he felt so sober and bereaved over the untimely loss.
He therefore call on leaders in the affected area to join hands with the military and fish out those involved in the act, he also promise to provide useful information to aid the apprehending of the culprits and to restore peace.
Meanwhile, he further urged people of the community to be in peace and not to be discomforted but to rather concentrate their energy in supporting the Military.

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