Military recovers corpses of 3 ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ soldiers

The Nigerian military has recovered the bodies of three of the four soldiers who drowned on Monday after a boat conveying them and some military ammunition capsized along the waterways of Brass in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

According to ThisDay, the marine component of the military in conjunction with local divers began a search for the soldiers immediately the incident happened.

The military authorities were said to have called on the youths of Okpoama community in Brass, who knew the terrain well and in collaboration with the force, found the corpses of the deceased soldiers.
Two of the corpses were recovered on Monday evening, while the third corpse was discovered early Tuesday morning after floating far away from the scene of the incident.

The affected soldiers attached to the ongoing military operation codenamed ‘ Operation Crocodile Smile’ also lost their rifles.

Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State Chairman of the National Maritime Union, Lloyd Sese, on Tuesday said the accident could have been avoided if the military authorities had used the right equipment for the exercise.

“They made use of small boats with low capacity engines.

“While we commiserate with the Nigerian military on the loss of their men, we call on the military to consult those involved in the day to day commercial activities along the creeks and the waterways.”

The operation which is being coordinated by the 2 Brigade, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, was designed by the military to equip the amphibious and internal security operations in the riverine areas of the Delta against militants.

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