Injured residents protest alleged merciless sea pirate attacks on Bonnie Island, Rivers State
Injured residents of the Bonnie Rivers Municipal District stormed the streets on Monday, January 11 to protest the unsafe environment, ruthless attacks and killings of pirates along their waterway for years.
The protesters, mostly young residents of Bonnie Island, told Channel Television that the most recent attack occurred on January 5, 2021, when two local residents drowned in a river after pirates attacked their boat.
They added that after the attack, the pirates robbed passengers of valuables and asked them to jump into the open sea.
Protesters name the victims of the 2015 attacks.
Meanwhile, due to the high number of pirate attacks on the island, the Rivers State government launched a special security initiative in July 2019, codenamed Operation Sting, which transferred patrol cars and gunboats. security agencies to combat violent crime on public roads and waterways.
Rivers State Police Command also deployed 366 special police officers to various locations last week to pursue its public order initiative.
Bonnie’s demonstrators, however, insisted that the security situation in Bonnie had not improved.
Bonnie’s Local Government Area can only be accessed across the high seas, as the 37-kilometer federal government bridge connecting the island to the mainland of Rivers State is not yet complete.