Pirates attack passenger ships, kill two in Rivers
Dennis Naku, Port Harcourt
Two people were reportedly killed, while three others are reported missing after suspected pirates attacked two passenger boats along the coastal waters of Aru-Gbanaama and Polokiri in the Bonny local government area in the state of Rivers.
It was established that passengers were returning from a carnival in the community of Dema Okekpe in the main town of Bonny in the evening when the thugs intercepted the boat and attacked its occupants with weapons on January 5, 2021.
A source who requested anonymity said the first boat was attacked when the helmsman stopped halfway to remove debris from the engine, with pirates repeatedly hitting two of the dead victims with paddles and paddles. machetes in their heads and other parts of their bodies, while other occupants of the boat were pushed into the river.
Unaware of the danger to come, the source revealed that the second boat approached the scene and was also attacked before the coxswain could make a quick U-turn with most of the passengers jumping into the water when ‘they saw the injuries inflicted on the travelers on the other boat.
âThey used paddles, machetes and bottles to hit them as they fought for their lives. They have now pushed the other passengers into the water. Without the navy, the police and the JTF, more people would have died, âhe added.
Bonny LGA President Rogers Irimagha, who confirmed the incident in a phone conversation, called on locals to remain calm, adding that the council is handling the missing persons case.
âI will speak to the people of Bonny Local Government to have confidence in our government’s leadership. As I speak to you, we are working with the security agencies to ensure that this horrific incident that we are experiencing is brought to an end.
âIt was overtime even before I appeared, but we are working tirelessly to end it. I would like to commend the security agencies for their ability to respond to all distress calls. They have gone out of their way to s. ‘ensure we have security,’ he said.
The council head, however, expressed sympathy to the families of those who have lost loved ones and assured them that the local government is working with security agencies to reduce pirate attacks in Bonny.
âI extend my deepest condolences to the parents and families of the dead. We have registered three missing persons. To be frank, we’ve already found two deaths, we haven’t seen the last one kill three.
âThey were supposed to come back, but the water went down. So they decided to wait until the late hours when the water rose and they had to go back to Bonny. Unfortunately, these “devils” accosted and attacked them.
âIn fact, asked them to jump into the water. They (the pirates) started to slander and beat some of them. At one point, they all jumped into the water, âexplained Irimagha.
Efforts to reach the state police public relations officer, Nnamdi Omoni, failed because he did not take her calls, nor did he respond to a text message sent to his cell phone by our correspondent.