Youths from Kalaba Com
munity in Bayelsa State, have recovered the remains and arms of a soldier drowned while on escort duty at Taylor Creek.
Youth President, Kalaba Community in Okordia, Mr Samuel Oburo, told newsmen that the riffle of the dead soldier was recovered by local divers last Friday.
Oburo said the unidentified soldier was escorting oil workers from an oil spill site when he got drowned near an oilfield operated by Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) in Okordia, Yenagoa.
He said that residents recovered the remains of the soldier before the arrival of his colleagues from Elele Barracks.
“Some soldiers from Elele Barrack came around after the remains of the soldier were recovered and asked me to mobilise local divers in search of the riffle of the soldier.
“We went in search of the gun and we recovered the riffle and handed it over to them, and another senior officer came to show appreciation to the community,” Oburo said.
A community source told our correspondent that the soldier on escort duty was drowned when a boat conveying oil workers across the Taylor Creek capsized.
“The boat conveying the crew from Agip’s field capsized on their way back from the site at the oilfield and before help could come, the soldier got drowned.
“They were using a hand paddled canoe to transport the workers one at a time.
“The soldier was washing his boots when water entered that boat and it capsized and the riffle fell into the creeks. The other members of the crew had crossed and were waiting for him to cross,” the source said.
The source also said that the attention of the fishermen operating along the creek was drawn to the distressed soldier and canoe driver of the ill-fated boat and they came and rescued him.
It was gathered that officials of NAOC, National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency, and Oil workers were returning from an assessment visit to an oil leak site when the incident occurred on Thursday evening.
Spokesman of the Joint Military Force in the Niger Delta, Col. Isa Ado, could not be reached on telephone for comments.
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