Police Recover Bodies Of 10 Cops Slain In Bayelsa As Manhunt Intensifies For Killers

IGPThe corpse of 10 out of the 12 policemen killed in Azuzuama waterways in Bayelsa State on Saturday by militants has been recovered.

State commissioner of police, Kingsley Omire told reporters in Yenagoa that a combined team of security operatives recovered decomposing bodies of the slain policemen yesterday along Azuzuama creek in Southern Ijaw local government area of the state.

The bodies were brought in around 7pm amidst tight security even as relatives of the dead policemen and journalists were locked out of the premises of Bayelsa State Ministry of Transport Jetty. The decomposing bodies were deposited at the mortuary of the Federal Medical Centre in Yenagoa.

The slain policemen were part of a 50-man strong team deployed from the command’s headquarters in Yenagoa to escort dignitaries to a burial in Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa.

It will be recalled that the boat conveying the policemen to the burial ceremony of mother to Special Assistant to Bayelsa Governor on Maritime Security, Kile Torughedi reportedly came under attack mid sea when its engine developed a fault.

A search for the corpse of the remaining two policemen is still ongoing.

Meanwhile, Governor Seriake Dickson has assured families of the 12 policemen killed in the attack that their deaths would not be in vain as the government “is determined more than ever before to bring the perpetrators to book.”