September 26, 2017

Pirates kill 2 in Bayelsa

By Samuel Oyadongha

YENAGOA—TWO persons were reportedly killed yesterday, when armed men, suspected to be pirates, attacked a passenger boat along the Okoroma axis of the Nembe/Brass waterways in Bayelsa East senatorial district.

Five other passengers were said to have sustained injuries.

The attack, which occurred at about 2p.m., came three days after two security operatives and a civilian on board an oil vessel were killed by some yet-to-be-identified gunmen along the creeks of Ikebiri in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

Vanguard gathered that the gunmen, numbering about four, opened fire on the passenger boat along the Okoroma Creek and killed two of the passengers, a young man and a middle-aged woman.

Chairman of the Bayelsa State chapter of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, Mr. Lloyd Sese, who confirmed the incident, said five persons were injured.

Contacted, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Asinim Butswat, said he was yet to get details of the incident.