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3 dead as Militants reportedly attack Oil Service Vessel in Bayelsa



Barely three weeks after an ambush on a military houseboat that killed two in Southern Ijaw creeks in Bayelsa, suspected militants have attacked a tugboat in the same area and killed three crew members.

Suspected Niger Delta militants had on August 28 ambushed a houseboat operated by the Joint Task Force and killed a soldier and a civilian crew member.

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

Two of the victims from the incident were security escorts and a civilian crew member of the tugboat towing a vessel.

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

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


According to him, a search party has been deployed to find the missing policeman while all security operatives in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area have been alerted, while efforts are ongoing to arrest the culprits.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Tracy Edward

    September 23, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    I just want to say to this guys destorying the oil vessel one thing that is very important and that is: Jesus is coming, what you are destorying belong to Him. Hell is not a good place to spend entanity. Hell is for real. What are you getting out destorying your own wealth God gave you people, so what are you guys gaining, the Leaders, you and everyone, we will all give account on how we treat Nigeria the country he gave to us, as for me I will do the right thing, so that when the time comes I will not end in Hell with the devil and people like you guys. God Bless Nigeria in Christ Jesus Amen.

  2. Smh

    September 24, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Niger deltans we need to think differently as a people ! The reputation of the Niger delta has been tarnished! We are synonymous with crisis. No sensible investor will bring thier business here. I wonder what 20 years from now what look like for our people.

  3. nnenne

    September 24, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Nigeria is blessed. Every part has one resource or another with little natural disaster. The only thing we lack Is leadership.

    We all have to look deep and see what we are blessed with. Some have oil, while others have numerous, massive land.

    Let’s live and let live!

    It’s very unfair to control your acres of land and control the other fellow ‘s oil.
    Nigerian govt. should leave resources to the indigenous people in whose land, it is found just as others control their numerous land mass. Each area should then be asked to pay taxes to the center.
    ” Bayelsa’s oil belongs to Bayelsa.”

    Enough is enough. Let’s find lasting solution/ peace and stop the killings!
    Oil is not the only way economies survive. Most forward moving economies in the world don’t even have oil.
    Nigerian government, please leave the oil for its indigenous owners! Am not from South, South before you all come for me!

    I only support justice, fairness and equity! !!

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