BAYELSA NEWS: Sea pirates kill business Woman, injure soldier in Bayelsa
LEGISREPORTS NG – Sea pirates on Saturday attacked a commercial boat and a patrol boat of the Joint Military Task Force code named Operation Pulo Shield along the water ways and creeks of Nembe and Southern Ijaw Area of Bayelsa State.
LEGISREPORTS gathered that while the attack on the Commercial Boat occurred along the coastal town of Ekeni in Southern Ijaw local government area of the State on Thursday, the attack on the Patrol boat of the JTF occurred on Saturday morning along the Nembe-Bassanbiri Community in Nembe area of the State leaving a soldier critically injured.
The Thursday attack we gathered, led to the death of a business woman identified as Madam Rhoda Wuka Brisibe who was reportedly shot in the
head while two others,Mrs. Pakemie Miss Illabai Leader and Mrs Mary John sustained injuries.
It was also gathered that the attack on the coastal settlement was launched at about 11pm.The remains of the deceased woman had been deposited at the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre in Yenagoa.
Eye witness said that the saturday morning attack launched on the Patrol boat of the JTF took the soldiers by surprise and critically injured one of the soldiers.
According to a boat passenger,who identified himself as Awoigha the sea pirates had attacked a house boat along the Nembe Bassanbiri axis and were escaping with their loot when they sighted the soldiers in a boat.
“Maybe they thought the soldiers were after them and they opened fire on them”, he said.
The soldiers according to security source were returning from an escort duty of a barge belonging to an unidentified oil company when they were attacked.
When contacted, the spokesman of the JTF, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu denied knowledge of the attack, but assured that he would get the details and get back to us.
This report was prepared by our reporter in Yenagoa