Suspected militants at the weekend killed five ex-militants and three others in Lobia community, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
The incident occurred on Saturday night.
Two of the corpses have been retrieved from the creek and buried immediately in the community, while others were still not recovered as at press time.
It was gathered that the victims were reportedly tricked to the water front by some hired gangs of the deadly militant group before they were killed there.
Panic has gripped residents of the community over the rising insurgency of the militants’ activities now at large.
Among the ex-militants murdered was 37- year-old Judah Wilson, a younger brother to a leading ex-militant leader in the state and Niger Delta, Pastor Reuben Wilson.
Eyewitness accounts in the community said the incident is generating tension in the area.
It was learnt that the killers of the eight youths may be the same militants that ambushed and killed 12 policemen on April 5 along Azuzuama creek.
National Mirror learnt that local fishermen in the area had alerted the community’s leadership of strange movements by some persons in its waterways.
On investigation, it was learnt that the eight victims had already been killed.
When our correspondent visited the residence of Pastor Wilson in Yenagoa, sympathisers were seen wailing over the shocking death of his younger brother.
Wilson confirmed the killing of his sibling and described it as sad and unfortunate.
Contacted, spokesperson of Joint Military Task Force, JTF, Lt. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu said he had not received the details of the incident.