Suspected pirates hijack boat, 11 passengers in Rivers

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Dennis Naku, Port Harcourt

The police and maritime union have begun search for 11 passengers whose boat was hijacked by suspected pirates.

The passengers boarded the boat from the Bonny-Bille jetty in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The Chairman of the Bonny Maritime Union Workers, Henry Jumbo, said on Wednesday that the boat left the state capital about 8am, adding that no word had been heard from the travellers.

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Jumbo said, “The boat that left Port Harcourt yesterday to Bonny with 11 passengers and the driver have been abducted by gunmen. We have not seen the boat, the driver and the 11 passengers.”

He said a search team comprising the marine police and the union had organise search patties for the missing boat and its occupants.

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“A search team have gone round the creeks. They are still in the creek, searching for the passengers and the driver,” he said.

Jumbo said the water transport business have suffered a huge blow due to incessant attacks on the waterways.

The spokesman for the state police command, Nnamdi Omoni,  said the commissioner, Eboka Friday, had ordered an investigation into the incident with a view to rescuing the passengers.”

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