Several persons have been feared dead after a yet-to-be-identified helicopter reportedly shot a local passenger boat in Rivers State.
It was learned that the boat was traveling from Port Harcourt to Bonny in Rivers State when the incident occurred on Thursday, with some occupants killed and others severely injured and rushed to the hospital.
An eye witness at the Bonny-Nembe waterside where the boat took off from in Port Harcourt, told newsmen that there were casualties.
“The local boat that just left here to Bonny, within the Treasure Island area, a chopper or I will call it a flight helicopter, just came behind, went very low and started shooting at the wooden boat,” the Punch quoted the eyewitness as saying.
“From the information we got from a boat driver, there were passengers in the boat. The boat also contained foodstuff such as garri, rice and other items.
“Everyone knows that is the route transporting foodstuff to Bonny. Some people died in the boat.”
The Rivers Police Command is yet to issue a statement on the incident as of the time of filing this report.