At least one person has been confirmed dead after pirates reportedly hijacked a passenger boat on the Isaka River in Okrika Council Area of Rivers State while abducting two persons.
According to reports, passengers in a boat were travelling from Port Harcourt to Bonny about 10:00a.m. on Monday when pirates struck around Isaka axis en route Bonny, offloaded some occupants and fled with two of the passengers suspected to be wealthy.
A source told newsmen that: “A new boat was hijacked this morning at Isaka area, offloaded the passengers and dropped them in the creek while the hoodlums took away two people believed to be rich among them
“The reoccurrence of pirates attack has been a source of serious concern, we are no longer safe and the saddest thing is that the relevant authorities are not doing nothing to stop this menace.”
When contacted by the guardian, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Nnamdi Omoni, said he was yet to be briefed on the incident, but confirmed that the police was making effort to contain the attacks on the waterways.
“We have only five gun boats in the state to cover the coastal communities, we are using them judiciously to cover such areas, but we need the cooperation of the communities to achieve optimum security.
“We need information from them and the earlier they share the information with us, the better. Security of the waterways should not be a one-way traffic, it needs adequate collaboration between the police and the communities to fight the menace,” he added.