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Pirates attack passenger boats, kill 3

BY SAMUEL OYADONGHA

Yenagoa — Gunmen, suspected to be pirates, have attacked two passenger boats on the Port Harcourt-Nembe sea route, killing three persons.

Though the Bayelsa State Police Command confirmed the killing of two persons in the attack, a top official from Nembe Local Government Area of the state, insisted that three persons were killed.

The pirates, it was learnt, struck last Sunday on Port Harcourt-Nembe sea, known as Kilometre 46, a border community between Rivers and Bayelsa states.

While the identity of the victims could not be immediately ascertained, a boat driver and some passengers sustained bullet injuries and are now being treated at an undisclosed hospital in Yenagoa.

It was also learnt that another gang of pirates in a separate attack made away with N1.5million and an outboard engine belonging to a passenger travelling on the Nembe waterways.

Valuables such as personal effects of the passengers were seized at gun point and carted away by the bandits.

The troubled indigenes of Nembe have raised alarm over requent attacks by pirates on their waterways and appealed to the authorities to come to their aid by stepping up the security network in the area.

An official of the Nembe council, who spoke anonymously, decried the pirates’ attack on passengers on the waterways.

Contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Alex Akhigbe, confirmed the incident, saying that the location was not within the jurisdiction of the police command.


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