Niger Delta: Pirates Storm Bayelsa, Kill Two



Criminals suspected to be sea pirates have invaded Ayama community in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, killing two and injuring three others.

A member representing Ogbia Constituency II, Mr. Munalayefa Edwin Gibson said the hoodlums seized the community at about 9pm on Monday, shot sporadically and caused pandemonium.

Gibson condemned the attack and lamented that the gunmen shot consistently for over 30 minutes.

He said they later took away more than 10 speedboats at the waterfront.

It was gathered that after the attack, the same gang of terrorists stormed Ogbia Town around12:30pm on Tuesday.

They were said to have kidnapped one Mrs. Augusta Apaga and stole four 75 horsepower engine boats.

The lawmaker said the council had been thrown into mourning especially Anyama community where three persons were feared dead and two in critical conditions.

Gibson described the separate  incidents as senseless, wicked and barbaric.

He lamented rising cases of sea piracy and kidnapping along coastal communities in Ogbia.

He said: “The way and manner the merchants of evil operate is suggestive that there are insider collaborators from the communities acting as informants and sponsors and benefitting from the blood money.

“I sympathise with the affected communities especially the victims and advise communities to be more vigilant and work even harder towards supplying security agencies with relevant information which  is critical to tracking the suspects”.

He called on security agencies to double their efforts in locating and arresting persons behind the dastardly acts.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Asinim Butswat, confirmed the development and said investigations were ongoing.