In Bayelsa: Suspected rovers attack speedboats, kidnap six passengers

In Bayelsa: Suspected rovers attack speedboats, kidnap six passengers
Charles Nwoke, Yenagoa, Nigeria
February 10, 2021

Some unknown gunmen suspected to be sea pirates have raided speedboats and kidnapped six passengers along the Okpoama/Odioma and Nembe/Brass waterways of the riverine Bayelsa State.

According to reports, these waterways Kidnappers believed to be pirates, on Tuesday, carried out abductions simultaneously on two separate occasions.

It was gathered that a titled man and village Chief, simply identified as Walter, from Odioma was reportedly abducted around the fishing port in Dasaba while Inerikuma Moses aka Holy Moses was kidnapped in the Okpoama creeks in the same state.

In a separate incident, another victim, Alabo Elei was reportedly abducted on his way from Nembe, though other reports claim that he was returning from Yenagoa, the state capital when he was captured and forcefully taken away by the suspected pirates.

The incessant kidnap of people and travelers using the waterways by sea pirates have hampered marine transportation in the Nembe and Brass axis of the oil-rich state.

Workers in the maritime sector within the areas have suspended their operations till God knows the time, a development that has left boat passengers and boat users stranded and frustrated.

Chief Bomolayon Ereku, a community newspaper publisher, Atlantic Express, told newsmen that he could not travel to Yenagoa from Akassa his country home due to protests by maritime workers and boat drivers over the ugly development.

Apart from the six persons kidnapped on Tuesday, some boat users have been captured by pirates in the last week, a condition that has thrown residents in the coastal communities into anxiety, fear, and confusion.

Mike Okilo, the Bayelsa State Command’s Commissioner of Police, has ordered an immediate manhunt for the kidnappers that attacked speedboats and abducted passengers on the Okpoma/Odioma on February 9, 2021.

Asinim Butswat, the State Command’s Public Relations Officer, while confirming the incident, revealed that the two separate occurrences took place simultaneously and six passengers were allegedly abducted by the suspected sea pirates.

He said that Marine Police, Nigerian Navy, and Joint Task Force, Operation Delta Safe, have been combing the creeks in joint operations to rescue the abducted victims and arrest the kidnappers.

He said, “The command appeals to the good people of Bayelsa State to remain calm and volunteer useful information to enable the security agencies to fish out these hoodlums.”