By Amgbare Ekaunkumor, Yenagoa
Suspected sea pirates has killed two soldiers attached to a flow station in Azagbene community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
Daily watch gathered that the suspected sea pirates, came in through a speedboat, struck on Monday night, leaving two soldiers dead, one other missing and carted away their riffles.
According to a community source who spoke on condition of anonymity, who confirmed the development , said that after the incident, stern looking soldiers on Tuesday morning invaded the community, burning houses as villagers scamper into the bush for safety.
“When the soldiers entered our community, they directed us to leave because they were going to burn everything to the ground and that anybody that fails to comply with directive would be killed.
“Before some of us left the community, I saw the building of our paramount ruler on fire. Even my family house has been bunt to the ground. As I speak with you, we are suffering for a crime we didn’t commit.”
Another source said, all the buildings in our community are burnt down, my mum, step mum and dad were arrested along with others.
They said”If they received further instruction of which they were already waiting for, they will as well kill people in the community. According to calls I received, some unscrupulous criminal elements that killed two soldiers and took their riffles, now the whole of the community is receiving the pains of what they didn’t do”
When contacted, the spokesman of the 16 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Maj. Danjuma Jonah, confirmed the death of two of its personnel but denied burning down houses in the community.
“Our men did not burn down houses Azagbene community. We are only combing the community and neighbouring towns in search of one soldier that is missing as a result of the attack that led to the death of two soldiers.
“And we are carrying out the search for the missing soldier in conjunction with leaders of the community.”