Four military officers declare missing in Bayelsa

​Four officers attached to ‘Operation Crocodile Smile,’ reportedly drowned following a boat mishap in Bayelsa.

‘Operation Crocodile Smile,’ is the code-name military operation against Niger Delta Militants, in the oil rich South Southern Nigeria. 

PUNCH reports that the incident occurred along the Brass waterfront in Brass Local Government Area of the state.
Service rifles belonging to the missing soldiers were also said to be missing.

It was learnt that the sad incident which occurred at about 10am on Monday, created panic among newly-deployed soldiers in the state.

Though the mission of the soldiers in the area could not be ascertained, it was gathered that it was not unconnected with the operations against renewed militancy, sea piracy and search for those threatening to hoist the Niger Delta Republic flag..

“In recent times, we have been noticing increased movement of soldiers in our area. The boat that capsized was conveying a new batch of soldiers to the water front,” Etta, an indigene of the community said.

He added: “I was going to dispose of refuse at the waterfront and I saw uniformed soldiers struggling to rescue their colleagues in a capsized boat.

“When the confusion subsided, four soldiers were found to be missing with their rifles and other military gear. Those that were rescued had their rifles missing and struggling out of the water.”

It was further learnt that as of 2pm, the military authorities sought the help of local divers and youths in the search for the missing soldiers.

But one of the youths confirmed that the high tide of the water impeded the search for the missing soldiers.

Meanwhile,  authorities of the Joint Military Task Force, Operation Delta Safe, is yet to react to the incident.


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