Yenagoa- Gunmen suspected to be sea pirates on Tuesday shot dead two persons in the riverside community of Kuroamagbene in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that among the victims was a relation of the Special Adviser to the Bayelsa Governor on Higher Education, Dr Godswill Ziriki.
The incident was said to have occurred at about 1a.m at the community waterfront.
Community sources told newsmen in Yenagoa that the two victims, who were in company of other youths, met their death when they tried to drive away the suspected pirates from stealing a speed boat at the community waterfront.
It was further gathered that the victims and other youths were at a wake-keep some distance away from the waterfront when they noticed an unusual movement around the speedboat.
They were said to have raised alarm, an action which allegedly angered the gunmen, who opened fire on the youth killing two in the process.
The gunmen were said to have fled the scene after the shooting.
When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Office, Alex Akhigbe, told newsmen that he had received information about the attack, but added that the information was very sketchy.
He said he was awaiting detailed briefing from the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Oporoma, the council headquarters, before he could speak further on the incident.