Residents of Bonny Island decries incessant attacks on waterway by pirates; storms Govt. House, assembly

Residents of Bonny Local Government Area in Rivers State on Thursday carried out a fresh protest to Government House and the State House of Assembly in Port Harcourt.

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

The protesters composed mainly of youths, marched from UTC junction on Azikiwe road to Government House to register their grievance and thereafter headed to the Rivers State House of Assembly where they were addressed by the member representing Bonny Constituency.

Part of their demands was for the government to set up security checkpoints on the Bonny high sea as well as empower security agencies to tackle violent crimes.

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

Again, last week the Rivers State Police Command deployed 366 special constabularies to various localities for its community policing initiative, but the protesters say there has been no improvement in the security situation in Bonny.

Bonny Local Government as at now can only be accessed through the high sea, as the Federal Government’s 120 billion Naira 37-kilometer bridge to link the Island to mainland in the state is yet to be completed.

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

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

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