The incident, which occurred on Thursday evening, was said to have caused casualties with some occupants of the boat severely injured and rushed to the hospital.
A source said the boat took off at the Bonny-Nembe waters in Port Harcourt, insisting there were dead casualties.
The source, who spoke in confidence, expressed shock over the incident, explaining that the boat conveyed passengers and foodstuff.
He said: “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 start shooting the wooden boat.
“From the information we got from a boat driver there were passengers in the boat. The boat also contained foodstuff like garri, rice and other items.
“Everyone knows that is the route transporting foodstuff to Bonny. Some people died in the boat”.
When contacted, Rivers Police spokesman, Nnamdi Omoni said he was yet to get the report and promised to verify the matter.
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