By Emma Amaize
WARRI—MOVEMENT for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, yesterday, said that it was not only four military men that were killed in the March 2, gun fight between Joint Task Force, codenamed Operation Pulo Shield, with militants in the creek of Bayelsa State, adding that over 10 soldiers, including a Lieutenant Colonel, were killed.
It also said none of its men was killed in the encounter and challenged the task force to produce the corpse of any of its fighters that was killed.
JTF had, after the bloody fight, said that it killed Shedrack Itokofuwei, an alleged sea pirate, who led the attack and killing of Lt Col Malik and three naval ratings.
Meanwhile, the Police in Bayelsa State said they have recovered the bodies of five policemen killed by unknown gunmen on the Nembe Waterway on March 1.
Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Eguavon Emokpai, said in Yenagoa, yesterday, that the remains of the five cops had been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre Mortuary in Yenagoa.
Emokpai said the policemen were shot at a marine police post along Nembe waterway by unknown gunmen.
MEND in a statement by its spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo, said: “Unfortunately, we are again compelled to respond to the rambling of the spokesperson for the JTF. We urge the public to discountenance the propaganda of JTF, which attributes the attack on its convoy to pirates.
“Since when have pirates in the Niger Delta been known to travel in such large numbers as admitted by the JTF, which for once is forced to concede to the loss of a senior officer? “