The corpses of the drowned soldiers of the “Operation Crocodile Smile” have been recovered by local divers and military personnel in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, official said on Monday.
Confirming the recovery, the Chairman National Maritime Union, Bayelsa State Chapter, Lloyd Sese, disclosed that the tragic boat accident – that claimed the lives of four soldiers in Brass Local Government area – was due to poor logistics and use of low powered engine boats to convoy military personnel.
According to him, preliminary investigation conducted by the Brass Unit of the Maritime Union showed that the accident could have been avoided if adequate logistics were arranged with high capacity engine boats used.
He stated that “they used small boats with low capacity engines.”
He called on the military authorities to consult the Maritime Union for logistics and transport during such movements.
He said: “we call on the military to consult those involved in the day to day commercial activities along the creeks and the waterways.”
Earlier, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director Army Public Relations, confirmed the boat mishap saying “we have not been able to ascertain the number of soldiers who may have lost their lives. It is quite a tragic incident.”
It was learnt that all the weapons in possession of the troops at the time of the accident, including service rifles belonging to the soldiers, were also said to be missing.