Niger Delta Pirates
The Niger Delta waterways especially the Bonny-Port –Harcourt waterways is a death trap as pirates have taken over the route inflicting deaths, Bodily injuries, pains, and sorrows on commuters, passengers, fishermen, and farmers.
The Senate announced this disturbing news to the nation on the threat of this escalating insecurity on the Bonny-Port-Harcourt waterways where activities of sea pirates had led to the abductions, killings and raping of Nigerian women and girls using water transportation.
The Senate, therefore, called security agencies to be alert on their responsibilities to the communities and to the nation by stepping up their surveillance on the waterways to curb the menace of the pirates.
Senate’s intervention followed a motion on piracy attacks on the Bonny-Port-Harcourt sponsored by Senator Betty Apiafi (PDP, Rivers West).
Army Fighting the Pirates
Accordingly, it mandated its Committee on Works to ensure adequate funding in the 2020 budget for the completion of the Bonny–Port Harcourt Highway. Apiafi, in her motion, recalled how pirates attacked four boats on September 26, 2019, dispossessed the passengers of their property and kidnapped some of them.
“This unprecedented challenge on the Bonny-Port-Harcourt waterways has put many travelers at risk and almost on a daily basis armed bandits kidnap commuters,” she said. She added that the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLG) would soon commence its project along that route, adding: “This will increase traffic along the waterways and put more lives at risk.”
George Sekibo (PDP, Rivers East) who seconded the motion drew the attention of his colleagues to the activities of pirates, which he stressed had led to the abduction, killing and rape of Nigerians using the waterways.