Gunmen kidnap fishermen in Akwa Ibom, demand N2.5m ransom

Gunmen kidnap fishermen in Akwa Ibom, demand N2.5m ransom

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On Tuesday, gunmen suspected of being sea pirates attacked and kidnapped four fishermen on a fishing trip in Ibaka, Mbo local government area of Akwa Ibom State.

Three Ghanaians and one Nigerian were abducted near the Nigerian Navy FOB Base Ibaka.

The kidnappers are said to have demanded a ransom of N2.5 million in exchange for the release of their victims.

The hoodlums attacked four distinct boats and took away their outboard engines in an operation that lasted several hours, according to Ogunbiyi Oluwajuwon, a lawyer representing some of the fishermen, who revealed this to our correspondent in Uyo on Friday.

“On Tuesday, September 28, 2021, early in the morning, fishermen from Ibaka going out to sea for fishing were attacked by Sea Pirates immediately behind the Nigerian Navy FOB facility in the Ibaka waterways, and the operation lasted many hours,” he stated.

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“They assaulted four different boats, taking their outboard engines and kidnapping four people, three Ghanaians and one Nigerian, who are currently in their custody. Before they can be released, the kidnappers want 2.5 million dollars.”

Oluwajuwon, who bemoaned the fact that pirate attacks on fisherman are becoming more common, claimed that some fishermen had stopped going to sea for fear of being kidnapped.

“Over 5 boats were assaulted last week, and over 7 people were kidnapped; they were released after a $4 million ransom was paid.

“The Ibaka Fishing Community and its environs have been decimated by the operations of these sea pirates, as fishermen have been afraid to go fishing for fear of being attacked.

“Last week, sea pirates seized more than ten outboard engines in Ibeno. The rivers of Akwa Ibom are no longer safe,” he complained.

When contacted, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon, stated that he was not aware of such information.

“I don’t have any such information yet,” he simply stated.

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