Suspected Sea Pirates have killed two persons and injured three others in Ayama community, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
The pirates, according to a witness, invaded the community on Monday at about 9 p.m. and shot sporadically into the crowd of indigenes.
Confirming the development, the spokesman of the Police Command in the state, DSP Asinim Butswat, said in Yenagoa that investigation had begun and the culprits would be brought to book.
Mr Munalayefa Gibson, member of the State House of Assembly representing Ogbia Constituency 2, also confirmed the incident and condemned the attack, describing it as wicked.
According to Gibson, the sea robbers sprayed bullets on the community for over 30 minutes before towing away more than ten speed boats.
“The same suspected gangs, after the Anyama operations stormed Ogbia Town around 12:30 a.m. on February 6 and kidnapped one Mrs Augusta Apaga and went away with four 75 horse-powered engine boats.
“Ogbia local government area has been thrown into mourning, particularly Anyama Community where three persons are feared dead and two in critical condition are receiving medical attention,” he said.
Gibson, who described the incidents as senseless and barbaric, frowned at the constant occurrence of sea piracy and kidnapping along coastal communities in the local government area.
He advised the communities to be more vigilant and work even harder in supplying security agencies with relevant information.
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The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), says it is yet to establish any link between oil leaks and death fishes that float and litter the Atlantic coastline across the Niger Delta region.
The agency said it was coordinating a multi-agency investigation, aimed at unraveling the cause of the reported massive death of fishes within the nation’s territorial waters and was looking beyond the oil industry.
Director-General of NOSDRA, Mr Idris Musa, told newsmen in a telephone chat on Wednesday in Yenagoa, that investigation was already ongoing in spite the COVID-19 lockdown.
According to Musa, officials of NOSDRA deployed from Warri, Yenagoa and Port Harcourt have conducted site visits to the Atlantic coastline in Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers to collect water and fish samples for tests.
”NOSDRA carried out a reconnaissance of the area in Delta where we first got the report through a member of a non- governmental organisation.
“There is no incident of oil spill within the area of reported dead fishes, notwithstanding that a few dead fishes were seen along the shoreline.
“The event of recent days where the death of fishes in large numbers make it expedient to look beyond oil spillage as the likely cause of death of fishes in such large numbers,” he said.
Musa said that the agency collected samples of water, sediments and some of the dead fishes for laboratory testing, and in doing so, brought on board other relevant government agencies that have mandate on the territorial waters, in particularly the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) and the Federal Institute of Fisheries Research.
“Also, the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) for all hands on deck assessment of the possible cause or causes of death of the fishes in such large numbers,” Musa said.
The NOSDRA chief executive said that the results of ongoing laboratory analysis would be compared with results from the participating agencies to profer an effective solution and ensures a more stringent regulation in future.
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