Sea Pirates sack Bayelsa community, ex-militants send SOS
Even with the presence of military code-named “Operation Delta Safe’ and other security operatives in the Niger Delta region, the people of Koluama clan in Southern Ijaw Local Government area of Bayelsa have fled their homes over incessant attacks by sea pirates.
According to an indigene of the community, traditional rulers have abandoned their traditional role of deliberating over the affairs of their people for fear of being robbed, kidnapped or killed along the waterways by the pirates.
A former militant, Reuben Wilson, a.k.a General Pastor Reubens, who raised the alarm, expressed fear that the situation might degenerate into war between the community and the pirates. Reuben, who is an indigene of the Koluama clan, said though the communities have petitioned security agencies severally over the matter, the continuous attacks have crippled fishing activities and transportation along the waterways.
Reuben further lamented the hardship and pains being inflicted on the people by the armed pirates, who daily dispossess indigenes of their cash and valuables. He called on the security agencies to wade into the matter before the situation worsened.