Travellers abducted on Bonny waterways regain freedom.


Three victims abducted by suspected sea pirates along Bonny-Port Harcourt waterways have been released by their abductors.

National Network reports that Fernibo Jaja, an associate of one of the victims, Mr Precious Ugochukwu who is a lecturer at the Federal Polytechnics of oil and gas, Bonny confirmed their release.

The victims were abducted two weeks ago on their way to Port Harcourt. Among them was a councillor in the Bonny Local government Legislative Assembly.

Jaja who did not confirm whether ransom was paid before their release, said the victims are currently receiving treatments at an undisclosed medical facility.

Bonny waterways has become a beehive of criminal activities as sea pirates intensified attacks on travellers earlier this year.

The Senate had also raised alarm on the worsening security situation along the Bonny-Port-Harcourt waterways where activities of sea pirates had led to the abductions, killings and raping of Nigerian women and girls using the water route.

The lawmakers also urged security agencies to increase their surveillance on the waterways to curb the menace of the pirates. Intervention of the Senate followed a motion on piracy attacks on the Bonny-Port-Harcourt sponsored by Senator Betty Apiafi (PDP, Rivers West).

It directed its committee on works to ensure adequate funding in the 2020 budget for completion of the Bonny–Port Harcourt waterways. Senator Apiafi, in her motion, recounted how pirates attacked four boats on September 26, 2019, dispossessed the travellers of their property and kidnapped some of them.