ODAHIEKWU OGUNDE, Yenagoa
The Marine Department of the Bayelsa State Police Command has foiled an attack on a passenger boat and rescued four passengers onboard along the Nembe-Brass waterways of the state.
The command, in a statement on Thursday by its spokesman, SP Asinim Butswat, said the incident occurred on Wednesday while marine police operatives were on patrol of the Nembe-Brass waterways.
Butswat said: “On 17 August 2022 at about 1730 hours, operatives of the Marine Department of the Bayelsa State Police Command, while on patrol along the Nembe- Brass waterways came under attack by sea pirates who were robbing passengers and attempting to kidnap some of them in a speedboat named Tari Marine 2.
“The operatives repelled the attack, subdued the pirates by their superior firepower, and rescued the passengers.
“The pirates ran to a nearby creek and escaped with bullet wounds. They abandoned their speedboat, with one military camouflage, one bulletproof jacket, and one cutlass.”
Butswat said the State Police Commissioner, Ben Nebolisa Okolo, had ordered the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) to carry out a discreet investigation to unravel the identity of the sea pirates.