Nigeria: Sea Pirates’ Attacks – Commuters Stranded As Boat Drivers Down Tools in Bayelsa

Yenagoa — Fear has heightened among indigenes of the coastal area of Nembe, Brass and Akassa in Nembe and Brass Local Government Areas of Bayelsa State as suspected sea pirates terrorise commercial boats and abduction of a 64year old chief and three others.

The development, it was learned, has forced maritime workers to down tools in the troubled axis.

The State Chairman of the Nigerian Maritime Union, Comrade Ogoniba Ibingansi confirmed on the telephone that the waterways are no longer safe and all boats operating along Odioma, Akassa, Brass and Nembe are no longer loading with passengers told to stay away.

Ibingansi, who also confirmed that the security agencies including the Special Adviser on Security Matters to the Bayelsa State Government are battling on ways to counter the pirates, “the boys have taken over the water routes.”

Suspected sea pirates have been operating along the waters since last Sunday, “it is funny. They attack some boats and rob all the passengers Monday evening.

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“They abducted three persons, they attacked another boat and kidnapped four. They used the earlier boat to release the first three persons,” a source who spoke under anonymity.

It was also learned that on Monday evening, along the Yenagoa-Akassa in Brass Local Government route, a businessman was stripped naked and taken away by the heavily armed sea pirates.