Oil Company Barge Comes Under Attack, Three Shot Dead In Bayelsa

By SaharaReporters, New York

A motorized barge belonging to the Sterling Global Services Oil Company was the target of an attack by unknown gunmen Tuesday morning. Two soldiers on the barge and a retired Naval officer were killed in the ambush and the barge captain and two other soldiers were taken hostage by the shooters.

 Sources in the community said they heard the gunfire exchanged between the gunmen and soldiers.
 
Media Coordinator of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF), in Yenagoa, Lt. Col Onyema Nwachukwu, said the soldiers had been detailed to escort the Sterling Global Services barge and he confirmed that two soldiers died in the attack.
 
He said the gunmen ambushed the soldiers and opened fire on them.
 
``I can confirm that some of our soldiers on board the barge belonging to Sterling Global Oil Resources Ltd. ran into an ambush along Angiama-Ekpelebiri waterways in Sagbama Local Government area.
 
``There was a shoot-out between the soldiers and the unknown gunmen.
 
``Two of our men lost their lives and two other civilians sustained injures,’’ Nwachukwu said, adding that three of the unidentified gunmen sustained gunshot injuries.
 
He said that the military outfit had deployed troops to the area and were on the trail of the gunmen.
 
A source in the community who gave his name as Tari, told our correspondent by phone that after the attack, the military deployed gunboats to pursue the gunmen.
 
He said the gunmen escaped from the area in their speedboat with three of their colleagues who sustained bullet wounds.
 
It was gathered that the remains of the dead soldiers and civilian were retrieved from the river and deposited in an undisclosed mortuary in the state.

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This is eye-poking cheating

This is eye-poking cheating of unspeakable magnitude. How can the soldiers be protecting our exploiters and expect our people to play dead? The Northerners and foreigners have stolen our crude oil to feed fat and develop their own places leaving the natives dispossessed, destitute and heart broken. May God bless MEND, and give them more strength to liberate our people from the crooked Nigerian amalgamation.

akpos1 igas right again. I feel you my brother

akpos1, I feel your pain with this graphic & almost poetic comment of yours. Now I am beginning to understand & feel your pain.

Maybe Nigerea should break up afterall.

@ Anonymous

What is the name of the zonal manager from Enugu?

Army protects oil comp. but who protects d pple frm pollution?

..as a child we used to pick Periwinkles by the river bank on Warri water side. The same in the Rivers of Irri, Emede & around Olomoro, just as it has always been at the Ethiope River...and aroung Ebetebiri region on the border between then Bendel & Rivers state now Delta & Bayelsa state. These are locations I am used to and can remember vividly how much nature gave freely to my dear peoples of the Delta. Even Cat fish was within rich only in few minutes but the evil Nigerian government & imperial western oil companies like Shell, Chevron, Sterling Global etc changed all that. Polluting & destroying the ecology beyond redemptive levels in total disregard for the people of the land. Worse is the strange diseases of Cancers, liver & bile duct ailments that hav become endemic. Yet, Nigerian army protects the culprits as they steal my oil expecting us to watch them pass by. Idiots. The Niger Delta & the entire SS&SE is not Illorin. Be warned.
Long live MEND
Long live United Rep of SS&SE

anoda mega party created in the creeks for buhari and tinubu

The Senate and the House under Mark & Tambuwal never debated the issue of boko haram for one day-but will soon hear them talk about the Niger Delta and her oil resources again-It would be like Odi for Obj, gbaranmatu for Yara Adua and Ayakoroma for CAS and Gej-when the navy want to decieve 9jas they go about arresting women who sell petrol in gallons in the riverine areas of 9ja-then tag them as oil bunkerers-while members of the armed forces-escort vessels in the creeks-9ja is the only kontry where armed forces bribe them bosses to do guard duties on oil vessels for a fee even in peace time! there is not a single gas station in most of the flood prone zones of the Niger Delta-which has been feeding 9ja 4 over 52 yrs! None in Forupa or sagana--the only solution is for us to split-u cannot steal our oil, luk down on the president and sing the song of unity when we cry out-against efforts by Buhari ati bakare to demonize him

Delta Commissioner Diverted Youth Empowerment Fund

The commissioner for commerce and Industry must explain to us what happened to the N1 billion Delta State government fund in the bank of Industry.
For those who don't know, the Delta State government deposited the sum of N1 billion Naira in the Bank of Industry after an MOU was signed between the state government and BOI in 2010 to use such money to promote Small and medium Scale Enterprises. After the signing of the MOU, Dr. EEU call on youths in the state to access the fund to grow their business. The bank gave forms to youths and all the requirements for accessing the funds where met by the youths. However, the bank refused to release fund to any youth in Delta. Our investigation reveals that the zonal manager who is from Enugu allocated about 300 million to people from Enugu, Anambra and other parts of the south east. The remaining seven hundred million was said to have been collected by the commissioner

More to come if no Developement in the Region

They should as a matter of urgency pass that PIB Law first then I hurge all those True generals from the entire Ijaw Nation to remember WHY and How the struggle began and since there is no improvement till date, then Nigeria as a whole should be read,y as the Spirit of Isaac Boro, Ken Sarowiwa and all Fallen Heros of the Ijaw Nation will always GIVE BIRTH to more ruthless and determine worriors of the Land to fight againts Gross Maginalization,Coruption and injustice to our people and even by our own people. The egbesu will never sleep if the dream is not yet actualize. God bless K3, Chris Ekiyor and Gov. Dickson. They are true birth of our Land.

M.E.N.D. Predicted Attacks On Behalf Of Okah

Sorry for the poor soldiers that lost their lives, however, MEND should be commended for holding fast what belongs to them. The oil is in their backyard and it is exploited to develop Abuja, Sokoto, Kano, neglecting the communities where this resources come from. Its either 50% deriavation or M.E.N.D. Fool-ani Aliyu Babangida should should exploit the resources in his Niger state instead of depending on the resources from the SS and SE.

@Sultan I applaud your courage

I wish others can reason like you, although I don't always agree with your opinion. Resources control will reduce the divide and hatred amongst Nigerians of all ethnicity.

just the beginning

Resources Control! No wahala. Just sorry for the poor soldiers and civilians that died. Every region must use it's god given resources for it's OWN first, and decide ALONE how much it is willing to give, again ALONE.

Army protects oil comp. but who protects d pple frm pollution?

...as a child we used to pick Periwinkles by the river bank on Warri water side. The same in the Rivers of Irri, Emede & around Olomoro, just as it has always been at the Ethiope River...and aroung Ebetebiri region on the border between then Bendel & Rivers state now Delta & Bayelsa state. These are locations I am used to and can remember vividly how much nature gave freely to my dear peoples of the Delta. Even Cat fish was within rich only in few minutes but the evil Nigerian government & imperial western oil companies like Shell, Chevron, Sterling Global etc changed all that. Polluting & destroying the ecology beyond redemptive levels in total disregard for the people of the land. Worse is the strange diseases of Cancers, liver & bile duct ailments that hav become endemic. Yet, Nigerian army protects the culprits as they steal my oil expecting us to watch them pass by. Idiots. The Niger Delta & the entire SS&SE is not Illorin. Be warned. Long live United Rep of SS&SE

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