Gunfight Between NSCDC And Bayelsa Militants Leaves 3 Dead
A gunfight between operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and militants in Bayelsa State has left three people dead and at least two injured.
Those killed in the duel are believed to be militant while two members of the NSCDC sustained injuries.
The Punch newspaper reports that the gunfight that happened on Saturday along Snake Creeks in Nembe, Bayelsa left unknown numbers of the militants with gunshot wounds.
The newspaper stated that the militants attacked the Civil Defence operatives in their numbers but the operatives managed to push them back in the gun duel that ensued.
The Commandant, NSCDC, Bayelsa State Command, Desmond Agu, explained that operatives of the corps were on patrol when they came under fire from the suspected militants.
“The NSCDC personnel, while on patrol along the Snake Creek within Nembe Creeks, came under heavy attack from the criminals operating along that area. After the ensuing gunbattle, three of the assailants were killed while the rest escaped with gunshot injuries.
‘’Two NSCDC personnel sustained minor gunshot injuries but have been treated and discharged from the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa.”
Agu said operatives of the corps and other security agencies are working to minimise the security threat posed by militants in the region.
“The militants cannot take over the creeks because that’s not possible. The nation belongs to all of us. We are talking about protecting Nigeria’s critical assets. We will make sure that in collaboration with the other agencies, the pipelines and other assets are protected.
‘’We are ensuring that this thing is minimised so that Nigeria will enjoy peace. Nigeria depends largely on oil. On the destruction of pipelines, we are at red alert.”
He said the corps recently arrested one Tama Emmanuel and two others along Azuzuama for masterminding the destruction of an Agip flowline at Ogbounbiri-Tebidaba.
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