The Nigerian Army, 2 Brigade Port Harcourt has confirmed the death of two of its officers in Rivers State. The army officer, who is believed to be a Major, was hit with bullets in an encounter with unknown gunmen, suspected to be sea pirates in Akuku-Toru Local government area.
In a statement issued by the Assistant Army Public Relations Officer of 2 Brigade, Captain Eli Lazarus,
“About 11:00 am today Thursday 17 March 16, troops on Patrol in Abonema, Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State had a fierce encounter with a group of unknown gunmen suspected to be sea pirates. Our men displayed extraordinary gallantry.
“Unfortunately, an officer and a soldier who sustained various degrees of injury during the encounter lost their lives. We are in pursuit of the criminals and we will surely get them. All law abiding citizens are urged to remain calm and advised to go about their lawful activities.
“The army will continue to make necessary sacrifices to ensure sustainable peace and security of lives and property of every one in the state,” Captain Eli Lazarus said.