Pirates Hijack Another Boat In Bayelsa
Nigerian waterways in the south-south oil-rich region is not a place to pass without fear drowning the thoughts of passengers of any boat.
Sea pirates are on rampage and they are targeting passenger boats in the region.
Just 48 hours after an ambush that killed three passengers on Tuesday, gunmen suspected to be sea pirates on Thursday hijacked another passenger boat along Nembe-Brass waterways in Bayelsa State.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the pirates trailed the passenger boat after it had dropped its occupants at Brass from Nembe before hijacking the boat.
Community dwellers witnessed the incident. They said the suspected pirates armed with sophisticated weapons shot sporadically into the air before seizing the boat.
The driver of the boat and his crewmen were later dropped off at the creeks by the pirates who took the boat to an unknown destination.
Confirming the incident, the Chairman of Bayelsa Chapter of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, Mr Lloyd Sese, said the activities of pirates on the waterways was making life unbearable.
Sese appealed to relevant authorities to come to the aid of commuters on the waterways, saying that the attack on boats has become a frequent affair.
No definite statement was given as to where the hijackers are from, but a youth leader from Brass Local Government Area of the state, Mr Robert Desmond, alleges they are from Bayelsa.
He condemned the incessant sea pirate attacks on the Nembe-Brass waterways and described the acts as not only senseless but inhuman.
Desmond wondered why a group of Bayelsa youth should be terrorising their own people.
He urged security personnel to be on alert particularly as the Brass-Nembe people are in dire need of marine security and requested that they should apprehend the pirates, destroy every network and arsenal they may have in their possession in order to bring respite to the community.
A spokesman for the Bayelsa State Police Command, Mr Asinim Butswat also confirmed the incident and hinted that the command was intensifying efforts to check criminality and restore security in the area.
No one seems to know why the pirates are hijacking the boats.