Suspected sea pirates have abducted eight passengers in Yenagoa bound speedboats along Brass-Yenagoa waterways in Bayelsa State.
About 15 passengers were on board the boat and it was also learnt that they were returning from a burial they had attended over the weekend.
Eight of the passengers were abducted a whisked into the creeks, while seven were freed. Chairman, Maritime Workers Union in Brass Local Government Area, Mr. Daniel Biodoumoye, who confirmed the attack, said;
“The pirates intercepted the 200 horse power engine boat close to a rice farm and fled off with eight of the 15 passengers.”
Biodumoye also revealed that a combined rescue team of marine police, members of the union and others rescued the seven lucky passengers who were abandoned by the pirates.
Police spokesman in Bayelsa State, SP Asinim Butswat also confirmed the attack, adding that they’ve increased effort to rescue the abducted victims and arrest the culprits.