Suspected Sea Pirates Killed Four Marine Policemen In Rivers, Resident Says

Police, Sea Pirates, RiversFour marine police officers have been killed by suspected sea pirates in Rivers State in south-south Nigeria, residents of a community in the Niger Delta said.

The incident followed the purported hijack of a gunboat with the policemen on board abducted in Abonnema waterways in Akuku Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.

A community source said the gunboat left Abonnema Wharf Jetty for a routine patrol when it was attacked by the suspected armed militants on Sunday.

One of the corpse was seen floating on Monday with gunshot wounds after the other three had been recovered earlier, with the gunboat missing, the source said.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Rivers State, DSP Nnamdi Omoni told Channels Television that the command had begun compiling its report.

However, the police authority in the state is yet to issue an official statement on the incident as at the time of this report.

This is coming after the military in the region, in operations to end the attacks of militants on oil installations, suffered a setback, losing some officials in a boat mishap.

A boat carrying the officials capsized and efforts to rescue them was hampered by high tides, some residents of the community that came to rescue the officials said.

The military has launched two operations in the region – Operation Delta Safe and Exercise Crocodile Smile – to quell resurgence of militancy in the region that holds the nation’s wealth.

However, splinter groups have continued to emerge even after a group that has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks on oil facilities said it has agreed to ceasefire and begin negotiation with the Federal Government.

Gunmen Kill One In Rivers State

Gunmen - RiversA member of the Caretaker Committee of Asari Toru Local Government Area, Godknows Babadiba, has reportedly been killed by unknown gunmen in Rivers State.

The Chairman of the committee, Soboma Jakrich, who confirmed the incident said that the body of the deceased was found bullet ridden after sporadic gunshots were heard in the area during the night.

According to Mr Jakrich, the deceased had complained of death threat calls from unknown persons prior to the killing.

He said that the incident had been reported to security agencies.

The chairman lamented that the deceased was not a politician but a businessman, who kept a good relationship with everyone in the community.

In his reaction, the Police Public Relations Officer in Rivers State, DSP Ahmad Mohammad, told Channels Television that the command was unaware of the incident.

Gunmen Kill At Least Eight In Rivers

GunmenIt was a bloody day for the people of Ula Upata and Ahoada East Local Government Areas of Rivers State as gunmen killed at least eight people.

Reports revealed that the gunmen, numbering five, stormed Ula Upata community in the early hours of Wednesday leaving trails of blood.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Rivers State, DSP Ahmad Mohammad, confirmed to Channels Television that eight persons were killed in what the Police described as the handiwork of cultists.

DSP Mohammad said that it was the quick intervention of the force which stalled further bloodletting, confirming that one of the suspected gunmen had been arrested and was found to be in possession of an English pump action gun.

However, some eyewitnesses claimed that at least 16 persons were killed in the deadly attack.

An eyewitness who spoke anonymously said that the assailants moved from house to house killing ten persons in the Ula Upata community before moving to Ahoada where at least six more were killed.

The Police spokesman said investigations were going on to bring the culprits to book.

For now, the command said that more men have been deployed to restore peace and order in the affected communities

13 arrested over killing of four UNIPORT students for stealing

Thirteen persons, including the Chief of the Omokere Aluu community, in River State, have been arrested in connection with the killings of four students of the University of Port Harcourt, who were accused of stealing.

The Nigerian cyber world is currently frenzying over a video allegedly from Omokere Aluu community in Rivers state, showing a mob action that led to beating, killing and burning of four young men, allegedly for stealing.

The gory video which was published on various websites, late Saturday night, showed how the crowd lynched the four naked men who were eventually set ablaze after three of them went unconscious.

The victims of the mob action have been identified as Lloyd, Tekena, Ugonna and Chidiaka. They were said to be students of the University of Port Harcourt.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Rivers state, Mr. Ben Ugwuegbulam, who confirmed the arrest stated that some arrests were made in Aluu, adding that any person found not culpable would be released.

“The Rivers state police command is strongly opposed to such barbaric conduct, and has commenced diligent investigation into the matter,” he said.

He added that the video was forming part of the investigation.

Conflicting reports trail the reason behind the jungle justice meted on the unfortunate victims.

While some said the victims were robbers and stole blackberry phones and laptops, another report said they were on a debt recovery mission before they were mistaken for robbers.

However, Nigerians have taken to different social media platforms to express their outrage at the killings, calling for a quick investigation and arrest of identified members of the mob.