4 Nigerian troops drown in capsize: military, locals
06 September 2016, 16:03
Yenagoa - Four Nigerian troops drowned after their boat capsized
during operations to combat rebels in the oil-producing south, the military
said on Tuesday.
turned over on Monday at about 10:00 in the Brass area of Bayelsa state, which
has seen multiple attacks on oil and gas installations since the start of the
military last month launched an operation, named "Crocodile Smile",
against the militants, whose activities have hit crude production and led to
high seas piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.
man in the Brass area, who gave his name only as Etta, said: "The boat
that capsized was conveying a new batch of soldiers to the waterfront.
was going to dispose of refuse at the waterfront and I saw uniformed soldiers
struggling to rescue their colleagues in a capsized boat.
the confusion subsided, four soldiers were found to be missing with their
rifles and other military gear. Some others that were rescued had their rifles
missing and were struggling out of the water."
Bayelsa state chairman of Nigeria's Maritime Union, Lloyd Sese, and an official
with the local authorities in Brass both confirmed the incident.
Colonel Sani Usman told AFP: "Unfortunately it is true. Our soldiers on
exercise Crocodile Smile were involved in a boat mishap on the sea yesterday