Militants attack oil vessel, kill three in Bayelsa creeks


Barely three weeks after an ambush on a military houseboat which led to the killing of two persons in Southern Ijaw creeks in Bayelsa, suspected militants have again attacked a tug-boat laden with crude oil in the same area and killed three crew members.

Gunmen suspected to be Niger Delta militants had on August 28, 2017 ambushed a houseboat operated by the Joint Task Force and killed a soldier and a civilian crew member.

Another vessel with a combined team of security escort on board and civilians was attacked on Friday by suspected sea pirates at Ekebiri Waterways in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa.

Two of the victims were security escorts and a civilian crew member of the tugboat which was reportedly towing a vessel.

Asinim Butswat, Police Public Relations Officer for Bayelsa Command who confirmed the incident, said that one police operative is still missing as his body is yet to be recovered.

He said that a response team dispatched to the crime scene rescued eight occupants of the ill-fated boat while efforts are underway to arrest the suspected bandits.

“On 22, September 2017, at about 1845hrs, a Tugboat, towing a Barge with a combined team of policemen from the Nigerian Inland waterways, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp and Civilians on board was attacked by Suspected Sea Pirates.The incident took place at Ekebiri Waterways in Southern Ijaw LGA, Bayelsa.

“A reinforced team arrived shortly and rescued one Policeman, three NSCDC personnel and four civilians. However, a policeman, one NSCDC Personnel and a civilian were shot dead by the sea pirates. One Policeman is still missing,” Mr. Butswat said.

The police spokesperson said that the remains of the victims have been recovered and deposited at the Federal Medical Centre Mortuary for autopsy.

According to him, a search party has been deployed to find the missing policeman while all security operatives in Southern Ijaw LGA have been alerted and efforts are on-going to arrest the culprits.


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  • Miteetee

    There is this common saying that when you push a Sheep to the wall it could bark like a dog or even roar like a Lion. Only a mugu, and indeed an irredeemable Mugu mumu who will argue that my beloved Niger Delta Republic has not been pushed beyond the wall. How do you destroy the environment, extract oil and pollute the environment and leave the people poor with virtually NOTHING – Not even clean water nor fresh air nor safe crops can one find anywhere in the vast Niger Delta mangroves. Nigeria has destroyed everything in conjunction with the environmental terrorists aka Oil companies like Shell, Chevron, Exxon Mobil etc, and the West turns a blind eye to these criminality by Nigeria and the companies. And to add salt to injury, you hire fully armed Army to escort the ships as they carry the oil of the people to export terminals. And these locals never see the proceeds to set up hospitals for their healthcare. Instead the proceeds pay for Buhari’s treatment in London, for Tinubu’s treatment in US, and for the education of their children in Europe and America. God punish all of una.

    …and you want the freedom fighters to sit and watch as you carry their oil away? I do not think they are as daft. The escorts deserve to die. Next time, when they ask you to escort a ship of stolen oil vessel, decline and resign. This is why we are demanding a Niger delta Republic and NOT restructuring.

  • CLEAN UP Niger Delta

    Hear the nonsense, “According to him, a search party has been deployed to find the missing policeman while all security operatives in Southern Ijaw LGA have been alerted and efforts are on-going to arrest the culprits.” Really???? ‘efforts are on-going to arrest the culprits’? Animals! Is arresting the culprits the solution? Build a Hospital with facilities like the one certificateless and heartless and clueless Buhari attends on a monthly basis in London in a community in Bayelsa and the people will no longer attack security men stealing their oil and natural resource. Simple. Simple solution to a very simple problem.