Four people have reportedly been kidnapped by gunmen suspected to be sea pirates along the Brass-Yenagoa waterways in Bayelsa State.
The incident is coming a day after operatives of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF), apprehended a gang of sea pirates terrorizing the waterways of Akassa in Brass Local Government Area of the state.
The State Chairman of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, Comrade Ogoniba Ipigansi disclosed this on Thursday, June 10, while briefing journalists in Yenagoa.
According to him, the incident occured near Oguma rice farm around 11 a.m. where the boat enroute Yenagoa from Brass, was attacked by pirates.
He bemoaned the security situation on the waterways in the state, describing them as unsafe and exposing passengers to all kinds of harm when travelling.
He said, “It was about 11 a.m at Oguma rice farm, there were three boats. The other two sighted the gunmen earlier and escaped but the driver instead of wasting lives and properties of the passengers, surrendered.
“They kidnapped four out of the fifteen passengers. The persons kidnapped are Daniel Sagbe, Daniel Olugbo, Yellow man and the fourth one is a Muslim, Musa Audu. They took these four persons detached the engine and went away.
The Chairman, who noted that with the unfortunate incident occuring in the route which has been the safest in recent times, said it is a pointer that more security needs to be deployed on the water ways.
He said, “The waterways are not safe. The only area that was safe before this incident is Brass and only for local boats not speed boats because the two gun boats are not enough.
“The gun boats are only stationed in Yenagoa and Brass. Government should provide more gunboats to service Southern Ijaw area, Sagbama, Ekeremor and Kolokuma/Opokuma. Pirates usually worry them on a daily basis.
He also called on the government to constitute and fund the Bayelsa Waterways Security Outfit to enable them carry out their duties effectively, which will reduce the level of insecurity on the waterways.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Mr. Akpoebi Agberebi said the government and security agencies are on top of the matter to ensure the perpetrators are brought to book and to forestall future occurrences.