Pirates Attacks: Bonny Island Residents Storm Rivers Govt House, Assembly In Protest




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Residents of Bonny Local Area Rivers State on Thursday carried a fresh , this time they stormed the and Rivers State of Assembly Harcourt, the state capital.

The protesters are calling for an immediate end to the attacks and killings on the Bonny Island waterway by pirates.

The protesters, mainly the youths marched from UTC junction on Azikiwe road to Harcourt to register their grievances and to the Rivers State of Assembly where the member representing Bonny , addressed them.

Part of their demands is for the government to set up security checkpoints on the Bonny sea and empower to tackle violent crime.

The Rivers State Government July 2019 launched a special security initiative, codenamed “Operation Sting” which patrol vehicles and gunboats were donated to to tackle violent crimes on roads and waterways the state.

The Rivers Command last week deployed 366 special constabularies to various localities for its community policing initiative, but the Bonny protesters say there has been improvement in the security situation in bonny.

Bonny Local Government Area can only be accessed the sea, as the Federal Government’s 120 billion Naira, 37-kilometer bridge to connect the Island to mainland Rivers State is yet to be completed.

Some residents had earlier on staged a on the Island over the insecurity which they say has claimed many lives.

The protesters told Channels Television the most recent of the attacks was on January 5, 2021, when two indigenes drowned in the river after pirates attacked their boat.

They added the pirates after the made away with valuables from the passengers, and asked them to jump into the sea.

Protesters list names of of the attacks which dates back to 2015.

Meanwhile, due to the high rate of attacks by pirates on the Island, the Rivers State Government in July 2019 launched a special security initiative, code-named “Operation Sting” in which patrol vehicles and gunboats were donated to to tackle violent crimes on roads and waterways in the state.

Last week, the Rivers Command also deployed 366 special constabularies to various localities for its community policing initiative.

The Bonny protesters, however, insist there has been improvement in the security situation in bonny.

Bonny Local Government Area can only be accessed the high sea, as the Federal Government’s N120 billion, 37-kilometer bridge to connect the Island to mainland Rivers State is yet to be completed.