Suspected Pirates Invade Bayelsa Community, Kill Two, Injure Three

Suspected sea pirates on Monday invaded Ayama community in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, killing two people and injuring three others.

The suspected pirates, according to reports, invaded the Ayama community about 9pm and shot sporadically into the crowd.

A Member of the State House of Assembly representing Ogbia Constituency 2, Hon. Munalayefa Edwin Gibson, who confirmed the development, condemned in strong terms the attack.

According to him, the sea robbers sprayed bullets at the community for over 30minutes before towing away more than ten speed boats.

The same suspected gang of terrorists, after the Anyama operations stormed Ogbia Town around 12:30 am Tuesday February 6th, 2018, and kidnapped one Mrs. Augusta Apaga and went away with four 75 horse powered engine boats parked at the waterfront.

The Legislator said Ogbia LGA had been thrown into mourning particularly in Anyama Community where three persons were feared dead and two in critical conditions and receiving treatment as a result of stray bullets pumped into the community.

Hon. Gibson, who described the separate incidents as senseless, wicked and barbaric, frowned on the repeated occurrence of cases of sea piracy and kidnapping along coastal communities in Ogbia LGA saying that the way and manner the merchants of evil operated was suggestive that there were insider collaborators from the communities acting as informants and sponsors and benefitting from the blood money.

He sympathised with the affected communities especially the victims and advised communities to be more vigilant and work even harder towards supplying security agencies with relevant information.

He called on security agencies not to relent in their effort in trailing and arresting those behind these dastardly acts and end the malaise suffered by his people once and for all.

Contacted on the development, the spokesman of the State Police Command, AsImin Butswat, confirmed the development and assures that investigation is on.

Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Don Awunah, visited the State Secretariat of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ),  seeking collaboration of media practitioners in the new security campaign tagged Operation Safer Bayelsa.

Mr. Don Awunah, who was received at the NUJ secretariat by the Chairman, John Angese, and members of the State Executives of the Council,  called on media practitioners to disseminate a balanced report to the public.

According to Awunah, Bayelsa is arguably the lowest in crime rating, adding, “When you say it is the most secured some people express fear but compared to other states, Bayelsa is safe and secured.”

The State Chairman of NUJ, Comrade John Angese, commended the Nigerian Police for the existing peace of the State and called on the police to improve on the upsurge in cult related crimes in the state capital.

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