Armed men yesterday threw the fold of Brass and Nembe indigenes of Delta State into mournin following a violent attack on a passenger boat along the Ogbia and Nembe waterways in which two persons including an aide to the former information commissioner in the state were shot dead.
Also shot but not dead was a House of Assembly aspirant from Brass, Mr. Alfred Belemote. His mobile police escort and boat driver also survived the attack.
The deceased aide, who goes by the name Awotimigha Iyabi, was in his early 40s and had served the former Commissioner, Chief Nathan Egba as Personal Assistant. He is married with four kids.
Leadership Sunday gathered that the gunmen, numbering about six and armed with sophisticated weapons, attacked the speed boat conveying the deceased and four others from Nembe Area of the State.
According to eyewitness account, the gunmen on Friday were operating along the waterway and dispossessing boat passengers of valuables and money. It was gathered that the boat conveying the deceased ran into the robbers who fired several shots at them.
While some persons claim the armed men were suspected pirates, others claimed the gunmen were laying ambush for the boat conveying the deceased and his friend, Alfred, who is a popular contenders for the State House of Assembly election.
It was gathered that the gunmen had stopped one of the speed boats in the convoy used by the aspiring law maker and were reportedly heard shouting, “He is not here; it is the second boat.”
It was at that point that they sighted the second boat and opened fire. The Mobile policeman attached to the aspirant put up a good fight by shooting back but the fire power of the gunmen over powered him.
Confirming the incident, the former commissioner who led journalists and friends of the deceased on a condolence visit to the wife expressed shock at the attack and described the deceased as a “non-violent man and gentle”.
Contacted on the development, the Spokesman of the Bayelsa Police Command, Mr. Alex Akhigbe said though details of the incident were not immediately available, he confirmed the incident.