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Pirates attack tug boat, abduct engineer, captain in Bayelsa


YENAGOA — Suspected pirates Saturday, attacked a tug boat belonging to the Nigerian Agip Company, NOAC, along the Nembe creeks in Bayelsa State.
An engineer and the boat’s captain were reportedly kidnapped.
The attack, it was learnt, was launched in the evening by seven armed men suspected to the pirates.

The whereabouts of the abducted oil workers, according to a security source, remain unknown.
“They took them to an unknown place. Nobody has been able to know their whereabouts,” according to a source.
The source who spoke anonymously said the incident occurred around Peter’s town in Nembe creek.

“The tugboat was from Port Harcourt in Rivers State to Brass, maybe to load petroleum product at the terminal. But suddenly, gunmen, who were about seven in number, double crossed and  boarded it,” the source added.

According to him, the tug boat had about six crew members at the time it was attacked by the hoodlums.
He said while four others were dispossessed of their valuables, the captain and the engineer were reportedly taken away.

Meanwhile,  another gang of gunmen, Sunday, reportedly assaulted a passenger boat at about about noon.
Victims of the attack were said to be passengers returning to Akassa after a church service in Twon Brass in Brass Local Government Area of the state.

The bandits were said to have removed the engine of the boat and dispossessed their victims of their  valuables.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Alex Akhigbe, could not be reached at press time.



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