By Emem Idio
YENAGOA—THERE was pandemonium in Amatu II community of Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, weekend, as gunmen attacked the community, shooting sporadically and abducted a local boat owner.
It was gathered that the gunmen, who stormed the community’s landing jetty at about 4:30a.m., began shooting at anyone in sight and looted goods before whisking away their victim, identified as Chief John Okotoro, to an unknown location.
The attack, which left several persons injured and others missing, is coming barely one week after some gunmen killed four soldiers and a civilian in a location close to the neighbouring Letugbene community.
Confirming the attack, a community leader in Amatu II, Chief Paul Oweipadei, who described the attack as one too many, lamented that the people of the area were living in constant fear of attack from gunmen and pirates who terrorise the area.
He stated that the gunmen were trying to pass through the community to gain access to an SPDC facility and appealed to the state government and security agencies to beef up security along the waterways.
Oweipadei said: “We are appealing to the state government and security agencies to beef up security and station a house boat along the Dodo River waterways because our lives and economic activities are under threat.”