- The Nigerian Navy in Yenagoa has reacted to the death of its officer in Bayelsa
- The Navy said though it truly lost an officer in Bayelsa, the death was not as a result of electoral violence
- The state Naval command also said the deceased did not die in Brass local government area of the state as being speculated
The Central Naval Command, Nigerian Navy, Yenagoa, has clarified that the rating officer that died in the command last Saturday, March 9, was not due to violence during the state assembly election in Bayelsa.
Flag Officer Commanding the Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Saidu Garba, made the clarification in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, March 11, in Yenagoa.
Garba, in the statement signed by Commodore Joseph Akpan, Officer Commanding the Central Naval Command, said the deceased did not die in Brass local government area of the state as being speculated.
The flag officer commanding said that though the command lost a rating officer, his death was not related to either any violence or politics related.
He disclosed that the late naval rating was on escort duty onboard a ship at the sea which unfortunately came under an attack offshore Brass.
The flag officer commanding said the officer suffered a fatal gunshot wound and later died in a hospital in Brass town.
He said: “The command wishes to state unequivocally that personnel of the Nigerian Navy remains apolitical, resolutely neutral and will continue to adhere strictly to its professional code of conduct.
“The media is hereby advised to always verify information from the approximate source before rushing to press in order to avoid spreading fake news that is capable of misleading the public,” he said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Bayelsa chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) denied allegations linking it to the killing of a navy personnel during Saturday, March 9 House of Assembly election in the state.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state had accused APC of complicity in the death of the officer, who was escorting a boat conveying election materials to Brass local government area.
The boat was said to have been attacked in the sea by suspected pirates who shot the naval personnel.
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