Stakeholders from Nembe and Brass Local Government Areas of Bayelsa State have resolved to set up a special security outfit, codenamed Nembe-Se Security Network (NSSN) to check the menace of sea piracy along the Nembe\Brass waterways.
The decision to set up the special security outfit was reached after a stakeholders meeting held at the Ernest Ikoli Press Centre in Yenagoa.
According to Rhythm 94.7 F.M. news monitored in Yenagoa, the plan to set up the security committee is in response to the incessant attacks on innocent travellers along the Nembe\Brass corridor.
It was gathered from boat operators that the incidence of sea piracy was already affecting their business as intending travelers now opt to curtail their travels home for fear of being attacked and kidnapped.
Members of the security outfit, it was gathered, are to work with security agencies to rid the area of sea piracy and other criminal acts.
The stakeholders also resolved to set up an advocacy and sensitisation committee, expectedly, to work with community and opinion leaders of the area to fish out the hoodlums.
Speaking with newsmen after the meeting, a former Deputy Speaker in the State House of Assembly, Victor Sam-Ateke, who presided over the meeting, demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the hostages in their custody just as he warned all those involved in sea piracy to steer clear of the Nembe and Brass waterways or be prepared to face the full weight of the law.
Some of those present at the meeting include the Chairman, Nembe Local Government Area, Hon Alalibo West, a former Chairman Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Tarinyo Akono, the current Chairman, NUJ, Comrade Samuel Numonengi and Prof. Kingsley Alagoa, amongst others.