The Senate has alerted the nation to escalating insecurity on the Bonny-Port-Harcourt waterways where activities of sea pirates had led to the abductions, killings and raping of Nigerian women and girls using water transportation.
It charged security agencies to step up their surveillance on the waterways to curb the menace of the pirates. Senate’s intervention followed a motion on piracy attacks on the Bonny-Port-Harcourt sponsored by Senator Betty Apiafi (PDP, Rivers West).
Accordingly, it mandated its Committee on Works to ensure adequate funding in the 2020 budget for completion of the Bonny–Port Harcourt waterways. Apiafi, in her motion, recalled how pirates attacked four boats on September 26, 2019, dispossessed the passengers of their property and kidnapped some of them. Read more