Tension was palpable on Monday night in the Local Government area of Bayelsa State as suspected sea pirates attacked a Marine security post, killing two policemen.
The policemen, attached to the Ogbia Marine Police base, came under gun attack at about10pm on Monday.
Our correspondent gathered that the attackers, who were heavily armed, came in two speed boats. Some of them lay siege to land to ensure that the operation was perfect
They carted away engines of the police speed boats and left the corpse of the policemen.
The commanding officer of the Marine Post, a Supretendent of Police, sustained gun shot injury in the attack.
The Chairman of the state chapter of the Nigeria Maritime Workers Union, Llyod Sese, confirmed that the gunmen stormed the area at about 10pm and operated till about 1:30am on Tuesday.
The Bayelsa State Police Commissioner, Mr. Asuquo Ambassador, confirmed that the attack took place at about 00.02hrs of the morning.
According to him, “Some unknown suspected sea pirates that came in with two boats from different directions attacked our men that were anchored at marine base at Ogbia and obviously there was a lot of exchange of fire. We tried to be as defensive as possible
“. In the course of that we lost two policemen who were shot in action and they were able to make away with two of our riffles and a 200 horsepower engine belonging to the Ogbia Local Government Area. To show you the extent of exchange of firing at the scene, we were able to recover a G3 magazine, which was used by them with 17 live ammunition and 18 expended ammunition.
“The firing was not from one direction. It was through separate directions. Prior to this time, we had secured our GMP gun which I think was one of the main things they were looking for. Their direction was seriously on that but we were able to secure that.
“So, they could not steal it and that was why we lost two police officers in action and the officer that led the team, an ASP was equally injured and is recovering. That is the activities of the sea pirates. For a while we have been able to curtail but it is really rearing its head again. We have appealed to our sister agencies to help
“We are all out to ensure that these pirates are checked. We have intelligence report that they are trying to increase their activities to sabotage the efforts of the government to secure the highway. This is a recent development and it has given us a cause to sit up. We will restrategise and secure our base and the water areas
” I am sure they must have run away with their casualties. As at 2am, I , the DC OPS and AC OPS and other intelligence outfit were quite around the vicinity and we have spread our dragnets. We have informed other security agencies and all efforts are being made to apprehend the suspects.”