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25 fishermen stranded at sea after gunmen attacked, seized engines in Ibaka

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About 25 fishermen are stranded at Ibaka excessive sea, Mbo native authorities space of Akwa Ibom State as suspected sea pirates seized their outboard engines off the coast, DAILY POST has learnt.

The assault got here barely 24- hours after the fishermen beneath the auspices of WatchOut Cooperative Society in Ibaka, protested towards incessant assaults and abductions of their members within the state.

The fishermen, nonetheless, referred to as on President Muhammadu Buhari and safety businesses to come back to their assist and rescue them from every day assaults by the Sea pirates.

The lawyer representing among the fishermen, Oluwajuwon Ogunbiyi who spoke with some Newsmen in Uyo on Wednesday mentioned the individuals are actually stranded at sea as a result of individuals have been afraid to go for a rescue operation for worry of being attacked.

He mentioned, “final night time round 7-pm we received a report that the Sea pirates attacked two board engines off the coast of Ibaka. These persons are stranded on the waterways. Closed to twenty Individuals have been within the greater boat and the opposite one contained 5 individuals.

“Nobody may go there that night time for a rescue operation for worry of being attacked. These fishermen are nonetheless stranded on the waterways. They seized their Outboard engines and left them there and every outboard engine price over N2.5m and i’m not even certain you will note any of those engines in Nigeria”.

He attributed the frequent assaults on the fishermen to lack of sustained patrol by Naval operatives however recommended the state commissioner of police, Andrew Amiengheme for at all times helping.

“The one purpose these Sea pirates are attacking the fishermen is that there isn’t a patrol,” he mentioned.

He referred to as on the Ahead Operation Base Ibaka to accentuate patrol on the waterways with the intention to decrease the incidence of assaults and abductions of the fishermen within the state.

Nonetheless, when contacted, the Commanding Officer, Ahead Operation Base, Ibaka Capt. Abu denied the allegations of lack of patrol on the waterways, saying ” I used to be on the sea yesterday and I solely got here again this morning”. Any time you come right here we’ll inform you the efforts we now have been making”.

Our seas not protected – Akwa Ibom fishermen cry to Buhari, safety businesses

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