13 August 2013, Port Harcourt – There were concerns on Tuesday over rising insecurity along the waterways of the Niger Delta region after armed gang suspected to be sea pirates attacked two passenger boats.
Three passengers were reportedly killed in one of the attacks that occurred in a community bordering Bayelsa and Rivers States.
It was learnt that members of the gang launched their offensives at another commercial boat close to the Nembe Town in Nembe local government area of Bayelsa State.
They were said to have shot at the boat, forced it to a halt and later stole all valuables including N1.5 million belonging to one of the traders.
The hoodlums also removed the outboard engine of the boat.
But the boat that was attacked at the border community was said to be traveling from Nembe in Bayelsa State to Port Harcourt in Rivers State.
Sources said the bandits shot sporadically at the boat and that some of the passengers were hit by the bullets.
Three of the victims reportedly died on the spot while others including the driver of the boat sustained bullet wounds.
– Mike Odiegwu, The Nation