Barely 48 hours to the National and State Assembly rerun elections scheduled for Saturday in Rivers State, violence has started again in the oil-rich state. The Army on Thursday confirmed the killing of two soldiers in the state.
The Army said the soldiers were killed by suspected sea pirates.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Capt. Elli Lazarus, the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 2 Brigade, Port Harcourt, confirmed the deaths in Port Harcourt.
The spokesman said a Major and one soldier were killed after an exchange of gunfire with suspected sea pirates in Abonema, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area.
“At about 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 17, troops on patrol in Abonema, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers, had a fierce encounter with a group of unknown gunmen suspected to be sea pirates.
“Our men displayed extraordinary gallantry, but unfortunately, an officer and a soldier who sustained various degrees of injury during the encounter, lost their lives.
“We are currently in pursuit of the criminals and we will surely apprehend them,”
Lazarus, however, urged residents of the state to go about their lawful activities without fear of molestation.
He assured that the army had made necessary arrangements to ensure sustainable peace and security of lives and properties before, during and after the parliamentary elections in the state.