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Missing soldiers: Five bodies recovered in Bayelsa

Posted by By Sola Adebayo, Olamilekan Lartey and Ibanga Isine on 2008/07/22 | Views: 1927 |

Missing soldiers: Five bodies recovered in Bayelsa


Five bodies were found floating on the Nembe creek in Bayelsa State on Monday, exactly fours days after a passenger boat capsized during an alleged attack by suspected militants.

Five bodies were found floating on the Nembe creek in Bayelsa State on Monday, exactly fours days after a passenger boat capsized during an alleged attack by suspected militants.

The boat was said to have had seven passengers,including four soldiers on board when the incident occured near Obioku, a riverine community in Nembe.

The Commander of the Joint Task Force in Bayelsa, Lt-Col Chris Musa, made this known shortly after the President of the Rivers State chapter of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Apostle Eugene Ogu, escaped being shot dead by gunmen.

His orderly, whose names could not be obtained by our correspondents as at 7pm on Monday, was critically injured by the bandits.

But Musa said he had dispatched his men to confirm the identities of the corpses.

The JTF had after the attack, said four of its men were missing.

Ogu had on Sunday escaped being assassinated after unidentified gunmen fired at his vehicle in Port Harcourt.

Although the pastor and social critic escaped the scene of the attack unhurt, his police orderly was hit by some of the bullets fired at cleric‘s jeep.

Meanwhile, some Delta State Government officials have beefed up security around themselves and members of their families avoid attacks and kidnap by hoodlums.

Our correspondents learnt of the development just as the Delta State Police Command said it was yet to establish the identities of the kidnappers of the septuagenarian father of the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Arthur Okowa.

Pa Okowa was abducted by three gunmen at his country home in Owa-Alero, Ika North East Government Area of the state on Saturday.

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