Militants struck along Bonny River near the Federal Ocean Terminal, Onne and there were casualties, ENigeria Newspaper reports.
The threat of sea piracy that has plagued the Bonny-Port Harcourt sea route has reappeared after a seven-month hiatus.
Eyewitnesses reported that at least five people were abducted along the Bonny River near the Federal Ocean Terminal, Onne, in the early hours of Tuesday, August 10, 2021, ENigeria Newspaper understands.
“Five persons were kidnapped after Onne in a ten passenger speedboat at 0730 hours this morning,” said Officer-in-Charge of the Marine Police, Bonny, Solomon Adeniyi, a Superintendent of Police, who confirmed it to ENigeria.
According to him “two females, three males were missing after the militants struck. The boat driver had reported the event to the Marine Police in Port Harcourt based on jurisdiction.
The assaulted speedboat was a one outboard engine driven speedboat carrying ten passengers that was on its way from Bonny to Port Harcourt this morning, according to a Bonny Youth Federation (BYF) representative who preferred anonymity.
He claimed that five passengers were kidnapped and the remaining passengers were permitted to continue their journey to Port Harcourt, but that the abductees had yet to be recognized and their location was unknown.
Remember that, until this morning’s tragedy, the Bonny-Port Harcourt sea corridor has been free of pirate attacks since the Isaka 12 incident in January.