A gang of militants yesterday ambushed a naval patrol team in Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, killing three naval officers in the process and leaving two others critically injured.
Reports have it that the unfortunate incident happened on Saturday morning , a few minutes after the naval patrol team left Ibaka in Mbo Local Government Area to patrol the waterways.
A boat operator was quoted saying that the naval patrol boat had not gone far on the water when residents, fishermen and boat operators in the area heard sporadic gun shots.
“The boat driver and one of the officers are in a critical condition. The militants shot and destroyed the naval boat. Two surviving officers jumped into the sea and were later rescued by fishermen. We saw naval personnel carrying one of the dead officers. The corpses of the other two are yet to be found.” The boat operator said.
Another souce was quoted saying that the militants killed the officers and carted away their weapons.
The Naval Public Relations Officer (PRO) for Calabar, Lt. Cmdr. Way Olabisi, told reporters that he was not aware of what happened.
The Director of Naval Information, Cmdr. Kabir Aliyu, said he was trying to reach the Nigerian Naval Base, Ikot Abasi, for more information without success.