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Our seas no longer safe – Akwa Ibom fishermen cry to Buhari, security agencies

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A fishing group below the auspices of ‘Watch Out Fishermen Coperative’ in Ibaka, Mbo native authorities space of Akwa Ibom state on Monday raised alarm over persistent assaults and abductions by sea pirates on their waterways.

The fishermen mentioned their sea is not secure for his or her companies as a result of abduction of members every day.

DAILY POST has reported the kidnapping of 4 fishermen in Ibaka final week together with three Ghanaians and one Nigerian.

The victims had been reportedly launched on Sunday after a sum of Three Million, 5 hundred thousand naira was paid as ransom.

Overwhelmed by the fixed assaults, the fishermen in a peaceable protest below the scorching solar on the Ibaka seashore, begged President Muhammadu Buhari and the safety businesses to intervene.

The fishermen displayed placards with varied inscriptions reminiscent of; FOB Ibaka is sleeping,’ ‘President Buhari, do the needful, we’re bored with paying ransom, ‘Federal authorities and Nigerian Navy cease the ocean piracy and many others”

The group mentioned the assault has introduced untold pains and hardship to the fishermen.

Talking whereas addressing the protesters, the Youth President of Ibaka Victor Udombo, lamented that the fishing enterprise has been grounded to a halt including that over 100 out boat engines can’t go into the ocean because of the actions of Sea pirates.

“We wish the entire world to know that we’re dying, we’re all the time afraid of the unknown whenever you go to the seashore, you will notice over a Hundred boats aground, these boats can carry over thirty individuals and since we have now not been going to work over a thousand individuals have been rendered jobless making criminality and armed theft to change into the order of the day as a result of an idle thoughts is a satan’s workshop.

“Our sea is not secure, we deserve safety as a citizen. It’s our proper to have safety and we’re calling on the safety, the Nigerian Navy, the marine police and each different safety businesses to come back to our support and defend our territorial waters.”

Additionally talking, the chairman of the affiliation Effiong Etim Numah expressed disappointment that regardless of sequence of petitions, the state authorities and safety businesses have remained adamant to their plights including that this 12 months alone they’ve misplaced over 23 Out boat engines whereas ten of their members have been kidnapped.

“We’re right here for a protest primarily based on what we have now been experiencing previously years. After sequence of petitions and complaints to the Authorities, they paid a deaf ear. That prompted us to organise this protest. this 12 months alone our cooperative have misplaced 23 Out boat engines, to the Sea pirates. They’ve kidnapped 10 of our fishermen, demanding an enormous sum of money.

“We’ve notified Authorities businesses safety businesses, it was just one week that the Ahead Operation Base carried out what they known as main patrol and in that one week we had a bit peace.

One of many fishermen Mr Effiong Edet lamented that the hoodlums have adopted a brand new technique including they might seize the Out boat engines and likewise kidnap the fishermen together with the engine.

Based on him, a director in one of many firms was kidnapped in April this 12 months and was solely launched after cost of N46m as ransom. The problem has bought to the climax as a result of they’re now after our lives.

“They first kidnapped a fisherman from one firm right here and for worry of what their destiny shall be within the palms of the abductors we pleaded with them they usually collected ransom. And this 12 months, in April they adopted our fisherman, as much as Cameroon and kidnapped a director, and picked up ransom of N46m. That was after we down our instruments for a few month and two weeks.

“As we converse to you now we have now petitioned AIG zone 6, NNS Jubilee Ikot Abasi, we have now petitioned FOB right here and all the safety businesses and authorities businesses we really feel can come to our assist, all to no avail.

” Final Tuesday they seized 4 engines and kidnapped 4 fishermen, demanding for 10million. We pleaded and after exhausting all our cash solely yesterday they launched them, the person who we despatched to go and pay the ransom they withheld him, so we’re pleading for his launch”

The lawyer representing the fishermen, Oluwajuwon Ogunbiyi alleged that the hoodlums are people who find themselves already recognized to the safety businesses including that they determined to name the eye of the world to what the group of fishermen are going by means of.

“The perpetrators are individuals recognized to safety businesses as a result of we submitted phone numbers, financial institution accounts, which have been used to obtain the ransoms and nothing has been completed until now. As a result of individuals don’t know what’s going on right here that’s the reason we determined to name the eye of the world to come back to the help of these fishermen.” he lamented.

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