No fewer than six persons have been reportedly kidnapped by some unidentified kidnappers suspected to be sea pirates. Sources confirms the attack was made, on Tuesday, along the Okpoama/Odioma and Nembe/Brass waterways of Bayelsa State.
The waterways in the Nembe/Brass axis of the state have had series of attacks by sea pirates over the years. Sources confirms that abductions occurred simultaneously in two separate incidents on Tuesday.
According to The Nations a Chief, identified simply as Walter, from Odioma was reportedly kidnapped around the fishing port in Dasaba while Inerikuma Moses aka Holy Moses was abducted in the Okpoama creeks.
Also, Alabo Elei, another victim, was reportedly kidnapped on his way from Nembe, though another version indicated that he was coming from Yenagoa, the state capital, when he was captured by the suspected pirates.
Sea piracy is a huge security problem in Bayelsa state. In fact the gravity of the crime is so intense that it has affected socioeconomic activities in the area. The Government on many occasions has developed policies and stategies to tackle the crime, but yet very little results is achieved.
The rampant abduction of people and passengers by sea pirates has paralyzed marine transportation in the Nembe and Brass areas of the state.