Troops of 16 Brigade Brigade Nigerian Army on routine patrol were attacked today at Swali market area in Yenagoa metropolis by gunmen, on the 22nd February 2019.
The gunmen numbering about 7 opened fire on own troops. One of the bandits attempted to snatch a riffle of one of the soldiers. In the process he was neutralized while others took to their heels. Efforts are on to track them.
There are allegations that these criminals have been robbing people around Swali market for sometime now. Unfurtunately, luck ran out of them when troops closed in on them and recovered the following:
a. One locally made pistol.
b.Two locally made 9mm ammonition.
c. One Itel mobile phone and,
d. The sum of Eight Thousand Three Hundred and Fifty Naira Only.
The Brigade wishes to reassure the good people of Bayelsa and environs of the safety of their lives and property. Also, criminal elements brandishing arms are advised to turn them in to security agencies or be ready to face the full wrath of the law.
Assistant Director Army Public Relations
16 Brigade Nigerian Army
22 February 2019.