Some of officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Bayelsa State were ambushed by gunmen suspected to be sea pirates on Friday, killing one of them.
Reports had it that the officials were on a surveillance duty on oil installations at Agbobiri community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area when they were attacked by the hoodlums.
A source from the state command of NSCDC who spoke on condition of anonymity said following the activities of militants in the region, state Commandant, Mr. Desmond Agu deployed his men in oil-bearing communities and ordered them to constantly patrol oil installations in the creeks.
“The team had conducted their daily surveillance and were on their way back when suddenly some gunmen suspected to be sea pirates opened fire on them. The men fired back but because it was an ambush, one of them was killed,” the source added.
Mr Agu, who confirmed the incident, described it as unfortunate and reassured the commitment of his command in protecting all assets of the government against sabotage.
He said the killers would not go unpunished adding that his men gave a good account of themselves despite the ambush.
He said: “My men of the anti-vandal unit on surveillance duty were ambushed at Agobiri community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area. they were ambushed on their way back by sea pirates.
“One of them was killed. The incident happened on Friday at about 2315 hours. We have recovered the body”.