Lawyer lambasts security agents as militants attack A’Ibom fishermen again

Posted 16 November 2021 Suspected sea pirates on Monday introduced an attack on fishermen alongside

Suspected sea pirates on Monday introduced an attack on fishermen alongside the waterways in the Ibeno Community Government Area of Akwa Ibom Condition.

The gunmen were being reported to have dispossessed them of their belongings.

This was just after militants attacked fishermen on Saturday in the Itanwa area of Ikot Abasi LGA, stealing 50 engines.

Our correspondent noted that about 8 fishing boats have been attacked and 8 Yamaha outboard engines carted away in the latest assault.

A lawyer to some of the fishermen, Ogunbiyi Oluwajuwon, even though talking to our correspondent in Uyo on Monday, blamed the incessant attacks on fishermen on the “lackadaisical attitude” of security operatives.

The law firm lamented that the condition authorities had not paid interest to lingering security troubles in the area.

He reported, “More than eight fishing boats have been attacked this early morning (Monday) by sea pirates in Ibeno they carted absent 8 Yamaha outboard engines.

“The widespread fishermen are frequently at the receiving conclude of these dastardly functions and they proceed to be remaining by yourself to bear the brunt of these attacks.

“The point out government has been standing aloof on this challenge and does not treatment about the masses. Fishermen account for a lot more than 20 to 30 for every cent of artisans in the point out and fishing is their key profession. If this is becoming threatened, what are you telling them to do?

“It is superior time the Akwa Ibom Point out governor and all protection organizations rose up to this challenge. It is one particular attack too a lot of on the signifies of livelihood of the poor and susceptible fishermen in the point out.”

The condition Commissioner of Details and Approach, Ini Ememobong, mentioned the authorities was executing everything in its potential to assure that the sea, land and air borders have been safe.

He explained the state was, on the other hand, constrained simply because some safety problems ended up on the exceptional legislative record.

“But within the capacity of logistics provision, the desire, the mobilisation of adult men and materials, the state govt is on leading of its video game,” he extra.

The Akwa Ibom Point out Law enforcement Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon, did not just take his calls or react to a text message sent to his cellphone as of press time.

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