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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Police recovers decaying bodies of slain officers in Bayelsa
The Bayelsa State Police command, on Tuesday said it had retrieved ten bodies of its officers who were gunned down over the weekend by suspected members of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND.
Sources say those killed were part of a larger team deployed from the police headquarters in Yenagoa to escort some individuals to a burial in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
They were traveling in a boat to Azuzuama for the burial of the mother of Kile Torughedi, an ex-militant leader, who currently is a special assistant on maritime security to Governor Seriake Dickson.
The officers’ remains were found by a team of security agents comprising the Nigerian Army, the Navy and marine police.
However, search is still on for two others killed in the attack.
Dailpost gathered that the bodies of the deceased were disfigured by their attackers.
Confirming the recovery, Bayelsa State Police Commissioner, Kingsley Omire, while speaking in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, disclosed that a combined team of security personnel recovered the bodies along the creeks of Azuzuama, Ijaw South local government area.
The bodies of the men which arrived the jetty belonging of the Bayelsa State Ministry of Transport on Tuesday night, was later deposited at the mortuary of the Federal Medical Centre in Yenagoa.
MEND had earlier claimed responsibility for the killings. Curiously, the police and the Bayelsa State government promptly refuted the group’s complicity.
The incident occurred only a day after the stipulated date MEND said it would commence a violent onslaught in reaction to the incarceration of its leader, Henry Okah. Okah was last week sentenced to twenty-four years imprisonment for masterminding the October 1, 2010 Independence Day bombing.
At least twelve people lost their lives in the attack.