Reports say some armed pirates have attacked the Nigerian Marine Police Armoury in Calabar, Cross River state, Monday, June 15, and have seized an intimidating cache of weapons.
Premium Times reports with reference to police sources, that the attackers struck at the marine base located along Marina road, Calabar, and took away two gun boats and other weapons after operating unchallenged for nearly two hours.
An anonymous source revealed that at least one police officer and a private security man were killed, while another witness disclosed that two officers were killed during the incident.
Ofombuk, a private security personnel with a popular church within the area, said: “I survived by the grace of God. I had to sleep under the gutter when I saw my colleague hit by a bullet. The pirates used a superior fire power that the police could not stand them.”
Another source explained that the pirates “came through the Calabar River in two speed boats, while some came with a bus and strategically positioned themselves along the routes leading to the armoury. It was until the Navy came and engaged them; that was when the pirates ran away.”
Hogan Bassey, the state police spokesperson, while confirming the incident, denied the killing of two personnel.
He said: “Yes I can confirm there was an attack early this morning and a police man was killed. We are investigating the matter and hope to get to the root of it, we will make sure they are arrested and made to face the law.”