Following the unabated insecurity in the waterways of Bayelsa state creeks and rising cases of kidnapping of passengers, the Maritime Union of Brass local council area has embarked on a warning strike.
You will be recalled that suspected sea robbers on Tuesday attacked some commercial boats and abducted four persons, including a 64-year-old chief in the creeks of Nembe and Brass local government areas of Bayelsa State.
In a statement, the union said due to activities of sea pirates, kidnapping rough handling of passengers traveling to various destinations we are stopping all operations until a solution is proffer.
“This is to inform the federal government of Nigeria and the government of Bayelsa state it has come to the that the river ways to yenagoa and Nembe is no more safe for traveler’s boarding local /speedboat are in danger. The maritime union of the Brass local council area has embarked on a warning strike today being 10/02/2021 in Twon-Brass.No movement of all kinds of traveling boats due to the activities of the sea- pirate, kidnapping, rough handling of passengers traveling to various destination.”
“Let the government of Nigeria and Bayelsa state come to our aid. Nevertheless, let the government put security checkpoint in various areas in the waterways from Brass to Yenagoa and Brass to Nembe.”
Meanwhile, the state Police Command said it has launched a manhunt on the kidnappers operating in the affected areas.
Asinim Butswat, Police Public Relations Officer in a statement said the Commissioner of Police Bayelsa State Command, Mike Okoli has ordered an immediate manhunt for the kidnappers who attacked speedboats and Kidnapped passengers on the Okpoma/Idioma and Nembe/ Brass waterways on 9th February 2021.
According to him, a joint operation, operatives from the Marine Police, Navy, and Joint Task Force ‘Operation Delta Safe’ are combing the creeks to rescue the kidnapped victims and apprehend the kidnappers,” he said.
“The Command appeals to the good people of Bayelsa State to remain calm and volunteer useful information to enable the security agencies to fish out these hoodlums.”