Suspected Sea Pirates Abduct 4 Fisherman in Awka Ibom State
Gunmen suspected to be sea pirates on Thursday attacked and abducted four fishermen in Ibaka, Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
The victims comprising three Ghanaians and one Nigerian. They were kidnapped just behind the Nigerian Navy FOB Base in Ibaka waterways on their way to the sea for fishing expedition.
Oluwajuwon said, “On Tuesday, 28th September 2021, in the morning fishermen from Ibaka going to sea for fishing were attacked by sea pirates, just behind the Nigerian Navy FOB Base in Ibaka waterways and they operated for hours.
“They attacked four separate boats, stole their outboard engines and kidnapped four persons, among whom were three Ghanaians and one Nigerian who are currently in their custody.
According to the source, the criminals attacked four separate boats and made away with their outboard engines in an operation that lasted for several hours.
According to him, the kidnapers have demanded N2.5m ransom as condition for the victims’ release.
Oluwajuwon, who lamented that attacks on fishermen by sea pirates was becoming a daily occurrence, said that some fishermen had stopped going to sea for fear of being kidnapped.
“Last week, more than five boats were attacked and over seven persons were kidnapped. It took the payment of N4m before they were released.
Oluwajuwon claimed that the Police Anti-Kidnapping Unit in the state was aware of the development and that the community had also written to the DSS about the situation.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, said that information relating to the four persons’ kidnap had not reached him.