By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—The Joint Task Force, JTF, in the Niger Delta, codenamed Operation Pulo Shield, has recovered remains of the four military personnel, including a Lieutenant Colonel, killed last Thursday on Eweleso River in Bayelsa State.
Spokesman of the Joint Task Force, Lt. Col. Timothy Antigha, in a statement in Yenagoa, shed light on how the officers were killed by sea pirates operating in a convoy of five speedboats that fateful Thursday.
He said a naval patrol boat intercepted the criminal gang and engaged them in gun fight sunk three of the boats and killed the leader of the gang.
He said: “The JTF has recovered the remains of the four military personnel attacked on March 1 on Eweleso River in Bayelsa State. We have also figured out the events surrounding the incident. Consequently, the JTF wishes to state that the attack was carried out by a gang of sea pirates led by Shedrack Itokofuwei, alias Mammy Water, who hailed from Azagbene in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
“On that fateful day, Mammy Water and his gang left his base in a convoy of about five speed boats heading to Forupa, a new location in Bayelsa State. However, enroute, the criminal convoy attacked JTF personnel, who were heading to Ogbia from Brass.
Thereafter, the same convoy encountered a Marine Police check point which they also attacked. However, following the unfortunate incident, military patrol teams in the vicinity were notified.”