Reacting to the unremitting insecurity on the waterways in Bayelsa State creeks and the increase in the number of kidnapping cases of passengers, the Maritime Union of Brass Local Council Area has commenced a warning strike.
It was reported that on Tuesday, suspected pirates attacked passengers of commercial boats in the creeks of Nembe and Brass Local Government Areas of Bayelsa State.
The union made it clear in a statement that they were going to put all operations on hold because of the dreadful activities of the pirates. They said it would remain this way until a solution is presented.
The statement reads:
“This is to inform the Federal Government of Nigeria and the government of Bayelsa State that the waterways to Yenagoa and Nembe are no safer. Travellers boarding local boats/speedboats are in danger. The Maritime Union of the Brass Local Council Area has embarked on a warning strike today being 10/02/2021 in Two-Brass. No movement of all kinds of travelling by boat due to the activities of the sea pirates kidnapping and manhandling passengers travelling to various destinations.
“Let the government of Nigeria and Bayelsa State come to our aid. Nevertheless, let the government put security checkpoints at various points on the waterways from Brass to Yenagoa and Brass to Nembe.”