Unknown gunmen suspected to be sea pirates yesterday stormed the Joint Task Force, ‘operation Pulo Shield, ‘ in Bayelsa East Senatorial District, killing four soldiers and one policeman.
In the sme vein, unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen yesterday morning stormed Rakung village of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State and shot sporadically killing four persons in the process.
According to the Bayelsa Police Command Spokesman, Asinim Butswat, the four soldiers and a policeman were killed in an attack on Nembe waterways in the wee hours of Saturday when persons suspected to be sea pirates attacked them at their duty post.
“On August 7, 2015, at about 11:30p.m., four speedboats loaded with gunmen, suspected to be sea pirates attacked the Joint Task Force, JTF base, at Nembe Water Front, in Nembe LGA.
They killed four soldiers and one policeman. The gunmen carted away two HP guns and other arms from the base.
“A combined team of the JTF, Marine Police and the Navy are combing the creeks to recover the arms and arrest the culprits,” Butswat said even as Isa Ado, a Lt. Col. and Media Coordinator of the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta, also confirmed the attack. However, Ado, said that the casualty figures and loss of arms and ammunitions were yet to be ascertained.
Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters, DHQ in Abuja has confirmed attack on military location in Bayelsa State noting that the incident occurred near Ogolomabiri Community in Bayelsa State, where suspected oil thieves attacked the location.
According to a statement yesterday by the acting director of defence information, Col. Rave Abubakar, the Joint Task Force Operation Pulo Shield has moved into action to arrest and apprehend the perpetrators of these unpatriotic and callous attacks.
“The military will deal decisively with anybody or group involved in this and similar acts of attacks or sabotage on the nation’s economy. The public in the affected community are advised to go about their normal business activities and solicit their cooperation by giving timely information to the military or any other security agency to avert future reoccurrence of this ugly incidence.
He said DHQ is reiterating its commitment to ensuring the protection of lives and properties of innocent citizens nationwide.


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