By George Onah
Port-Harcourt â€” Troubled by renewed violence occassio-ned by piracy and armed robbery on the waterways of Andoni council, the commu-nity dwellers have appealed to Rivers State government to send gunboats to the area for protection.
According to reports, many children have died as a result of the attacks, some missing and others hospita-lised.
Consequently, traveling by boat has become a nightmare, and this has made it difficult for children to sail to schools in nearby communities for fear of attacks.
In an SOS letter sent to the government and signed by Chairman of Kpokpoben Fishermen Association of Oyorokoto Community, Mr. Owiv Lawrence, the group stated that the situation has become very critical, as no day passes by without attacks on fishing boats and settlements.
The group said â€œwithin the last seven months, the community has not known peace anywhere around the waters of Andoni.
The first incident, which occurred in April this year, led to the carting away of items and cash worth millions of naira, while the second and third occurred in June and October respectively, just as scores of other attacks have continued unabated.
â€œWe do not know how the next attack would be or what they would think of next. We, therefore, solicit the efforts of your good offices and all relevant agencies for possible assistance in the area of security.
â€œWe implore you to deploy security operative to patrol along Oyorokoto and the entire Andoni waterways day and night, as we equally call on government to provide medical aid in form of funds to cushion the effect of the attacks on the victims,â€ the group said.