HEAVILY armed men suspected to be sea pirates have abducted and killed four marine policemen in Abonnema, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area.
The policemen, who were on a routine patrol along the Abonnema coastal area, were ambushed and taken away by the sea pirates on Sunday.
Southern City News gathered that one of the lifeless bodies of the policemen was found on Monday while the remains of the others were recovered on Tuesday.
It was also learnt that the policemen were only the occupants of the gunboat when the sea pirates sudden appeared and hijacked it (gunboat) shortly after it took off from the Abonnema wharf.
A source said another gunboat, which also left at the same time the ill-fated gunboat took off from Abonnema wharf, had since returned.
It was also gathered that the first body that was recovered had gunshot injuries.
“The gunboat was hijacked and taken away and we believe the policemen were shot by militants. This is a sad and we pray that those involved in this dastardly act should fish out and brought to justice,” a source in Abonnema said.
As of the time of filing this report, the whereabouts of the hijacked gunboats still remains unknown.
When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, said the police were trying to collate report, promising to speak on the incident later.