Gunmen suspected to be pirates have killed four operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Bakana, Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Though the circumstances leading to their death are still sketchy, it was gathered that the gunmen ambushed the operatives on the waterway.
In a viral video that surfaced, the remains of the dead NSCDC were seen packed in a boat floating at the river bank.
In the said video seen by our correspondent, some officials of the corps and sympathisers identified some of the victims, while fighting back tears.
They identified two of the victims as Chibuzo and Chief Priest.
It was gathered that two of the victims had already been buried according to Islamic rites, while the bodies of the others were deposited at an undisclosed hospital mortuary.
The State Command of the NSCDC has maintained a studied silence over the incident since the news of the unfortunate incident broke out on Friday.
Efforts to reach the state NSCDC spokesman, Olufemi Ayodele, were unsuccessful as he did not answer several calls put across to his mobile.
Also, he had yet to reply to a text message sent to him as of the time of filing this on Saturday evening.