Pirates operating on the waterways of Nembe, in Nembe
Local Government Area of Bayelsa, have killed a soldier
attached to the Joint Military Task Force in the Niger Delta,
Operation Pulo Shield.
In the attack on the JTF operatives on Tuesday morning,
other soldiers were said to have been injured.
The soldiers were said to be on patrol of the waterways
when they ran into the pirates, who reportedly operated on
a vessel that looked like a speedboat.
It was learnt that the soldiers on sighting the speedboat
attempted to flag it down for a routine check.
Instead of stopping in obedience to the soldiers’ directive,
the hoodlums were said to have opened fire on the patrol
It was learnt that the soldiers engaged the pirates who
immediately escaped during the exchange of fire
One of the soldiers, identified as Rabiu, was said to have
been hit by the bullets of the criminals while the driver of
the patrol boat, a civilian, and others sustained injuries.
Rabiu was said to have died at the Brass Terminal operated
by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company where the injured
casualties were rushed to after the encounter.
A security source, who did not want his name mentioned,
said medical personnel battled in vain to save Rabiu’s life.
Narrating the incident, the source said, “They didn’t know
that the occupants of the speedboat were pirates.
They waved them but they refused to stop. The next thing was
that the pirates engaged the soldiers.”
Reacting to the incident, JTF said the patrol team successfully
repelled the sea pirates’ attack along the waterways.