How Military Helicopter Shot At Our Boat – Injured Passenger In Rivers State Narrates

One of the occupants of a wood cargo boat, which was attacked alongside the Bonny waterways in Rivers State earlier on Thursday, by an unknown navy helicopter has narrated his ordeal.

The occupant, Awwal Rufai, expressed shock over the prevalence, as he defined that the boat transported passengers and foodstuffs.

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SaharaReporters had earlier reported at the moment {that a} yet-to-be recognized helicopter allegedly shot at a neighborhood passengers’ boat travelling from Port Harcourt to Bonny in Rivers State.

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An eyewitness on the Bonny-Nembe waterside, the place the boat started its journey in Port Harcourt, advised journalists that there have been casualties.

“The local boat that just left here to Bonny, within the Treasure Island area; a chopper or I will call it a fighter helicopter, just came behind, went very low and started shooting at the wooden boat.

“From the information we got from a boat driver, there were passengers in the boat. The boat also contained foodstuffs such as garri, rice and other items. Everyone knows that is the route transporting foodstuffs to Bonny. Some people died in the boat,” the supply stated.

According to The Nation, Rufai, a marine technician specialised in fixing outboard engines,and one of many victims stated the helicopter hovered across the space 3 times earlier than it opened hearth on the boat.

He stated 5 of them have been within the boat, which carried largely foodstuffs, when the incident occurred at about 2pm, on Thursday.

He recognized two different occupants of the boat as Paul Jacob and Hadi Abdul, saying three of them sustained numerous levels of accidents from the assault.

Recounting the incident, he stated: “Normally, we leave Port Harcourt by 10am. On our way coming back, getting to Dutch Island our engine stopped.

“We called for a new engine; a new engine was sent to us and we received it at 1pm. Between 1: 30pm and 2pm, a chopper was seen around that area, it came around the first time, went back, came back again the second time and left.

“The third time it came around, it dropped a rope from the chopper and a personnel was seen coming down from the chopper into the boat and later went back up, next thing they opened fire and started shooting at us.”

When requested whether or not there was any lack of life, he stated: “It was just me and one other person that was affected. He got shot on the knee while I got shot on my middle finger. It is a market boat and we were carrying foodstuffs such as garri, beans, rice, drinks, sugarcane.”

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