Confusion now pervade the coastal community of Ke-clan in Degema, Degema LGA of Rivers State following the discovery of 11 yet-to-be identified corpses allegedly abandoned in a boat at the new Jerusalem Creek, close to Ke Clan. The victims were suspected to have been killed by pirates operating along the waterways in the area. With frequent reports of piracy attacks on seafarers in the waterways in that area on the increase, the communities have denied knowledge of what goes on around those creeks.
The corpses were recovered on Sunday by some security personnel, who were on patrol along the waterways. One AK-47 rifle was said to have been recovered from the boat, but the corpses had not been identified by the Police as at time of filing this report. A security source revealed that a group of suspected pirates, who were close to the boat where the corpses were seen, had fled the scene immediately the security personnel began to advance towards them.
“On Sunday December 1, in the afternoon, government security agents, on search operations at Jerusalem Creek in Ke clan community, had an encounter with suspected pirates operating in two speedboats and towing another from a distance. “During the encounter, the pirates abandoned the tow boat and fled into a nearby creek. Further search by the security men on the abandoned boat revealed the 11 dead bodies and one AK47 rifle. “It was reported that the incident was a suspected case of attack on Seafarers and local community members at the New Jerusalem waterside about an hour earlier,” the source said.