- Published on Monday, 25 June 2012 10:58
- Written by Palmer Ogheneyole Nathaniel
IT was doomsday for criminals terrorising the waterways in Bayelsa over the weekend as men of the Joint Task Force (JTF) codenamed “Operation Pulo Shield” smashed a team of suspected sea pirates gunning down six of the seven-man gang after a fierce
exchange of gunfire which lasted for almost two hours, Elombah.com has gathered.
The suspected sea pirates were said to have ran into murky waters on Saturday when they ambushed men of the JTF on routine patrol along Agge creeks and waterway in Ekeremor Local Government Area of the state. The pirates who immediately opened fire on the security men got more than they bargained for when the JTF immediately returned fire and overpowered the suspected criminals with their superior firing power and expertise.
A source who confided in Elombah.com said the seven-man pirate gang, has continually unleashed terror on passengers and businessmen along riverine area and in the coastal communities killing several of their victims and dispossessing others of their valuables.
JTF spokesman, Lieutenant-Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, while confirming the development in a statement released on Sunday, reiterated the officers' resolve to make the waterways unconduicive for criminal elements who are hell bent on carrying out nefarious activities in the Niger Delta area.