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Police recover remains of 10 policemen

10 April 2013, 07:17

Yenagoa - The police in Bayelsa said on Tuesday that they have recovered the bodies of 10 of the 12 policemen allegedly killed by gunmen in Azuzuama Waterways on Saturday.

The Commissioner of Police in Bayelsa, Mr Kingsley Omire, made the development known  in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa.

Omire said that a combined team of security operatives recovered the decomposing  bodies on the creek of Azuzuama in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.

NAN reports that relations of the dead policemen on Tuesday besieged the Police Marine Base in Bebelebiri area of Yenagoa to await the arrival of the bodies.

The bodies, however did not arrive till 7 p.m under tight security as relatives of the dead and journalists were locked out of the premises of Bayelsa State Ministry of Transport Jetty.

The bodies were later deposited at the mortuary of the Federal Medical Centre in Yenagoa.

The policemen were part of a 50 man team deployed from the Command headquarters in Yenagoa to escort dignitaries to a burial in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa.

The ill-fated boat was heading to Azuzuama for the burial of the mother of Mr Kile Torughedi,  an ex-militant leader who embraced Federal Government's amnesty, programme.

Torughedi is the Special Assistant to the Bayelsa Governor on Maritime Security.

The boat conveying the policemen to the burial reportedly came under attack mid- sea when it developed an engine fault.

The Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta has claimed responsibility for the killing but the police dispute the claim.



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