24th June, 2012
Nigeria’s Joint Military Task Force (JTF) said its men killed six suspected Sea Pirates during a gun battle on the waterways at Agge Community, Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa state in the oil rich Niger Delta.
A statement issued on Sunday in Yenagoa, by the Media Co-ordinator of the JTF, Lt.-Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, said the JTF encountered the pirates during routine patrol. “At about 5 p.m on Saturday 23rd of June, troops of the JTF on patrol at Agge in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa encountered a gang of seven suspected sea pirates.“On citing our troops, the sea pirates opened fire and the troops retaliated immediately leading to the killing of six pirates, while another member of the gang managed to escape,” it said.
Nwachukwu said that the fleeing pirate sustained gunshot wounds, adding that 200 horse- powered speed boat, two single barrel guns and seven GSM telephones were recovered from the gang.He added that other items recovered from them were two hard saws, three hard saw blade and four wraps of substance suspected to be India hemp.