Union begs for support as pirates kill four aboard Bayelsa boat

In Bayelsa State, gunmen thought to be pirates ambushed a passenger speedboat and kidnapped four people.

The victims were reportedly traveling from Twon-Brass near the Atlantic Ocean to Yenagoa when the pirates attacked on Wednesday.

Mr Daniel Biodomoye, Chairman of the Maritime Workers’ Union, Brass Unit, confirmed the occurrence.

He said the assailants attacked the speedboat and took the passengers away around midday.

Biodomoye appealed to the Chairman of the Brass Local Government Council, Mr Victor Isaiah, to release the council’s refurbished gunboat to support the two others provided by the state government, which are currently patrolling the route.

“I am also calling for stronger collaboration to secure the waterways and make them safe,” he said.

The spokesman for the state police command, Mr Asinim Butswat, said he contacted the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the Brass area, who told him that no such incident had been reported.

Thirteen persons were abducted in February when pirates attacked six passenger speedboats on the Okpoama-Odioma and Nembe-Brass waterways.

The incident resulted in the suspension of activities by boat operators to protest against frequent attacks on the state’s waterways.

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