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Armed masked gunmen attack Community in Bonny Island, kidnap two persons

… Amarieri Community Development Chairman, CDC, says attack is first of its kind

…Rivers Assembly summons Bonny LGA Chairman

Daniel Efe/Port Harcourt

The whereabouts of two persons are unknown after five masked gunmen at about 5 am today, Wednesday October 2, raided Amarieri community in Bonny Island in Bonny local government area of Rivers.

The attack today on Amarieri in Bonny Island is coming barely a week after sea Pirates attacked two passenger boats and hijacked the boats on Bonny waterways before kidnapping some prominent persons, among them a Councillor of Bonny Local Government.

Victims who called into a Port Harcourt based radio station out of fright, narrated how masked men forcefully break the doors of residents, beating them up and robbed them of their valuables worth tens of thousands of Naira.

They said the gunmen who did not fire any shots later kidnapped two men whisked them away in waiting boats.

The Rivers State Police Command is yet to make comments on today’s attack on Bonny Island community at the time of filing this report.

Bonny Island community is the host of multi-million dollars Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas, NLNG.

Awajie Onyi, the Chairman Community Development of Amarieri Community who confirmed the robbery and kidnapping incident said that is the first of its kind in the Community.

Mr. Onyi while condemning the attack, appealed to security agencies to come to the aid of the community, whose residents are mostly Fishermen.

“We have not witnessed this kind of attack before. People are now very scared. We appeal to the Rivers State Government to come to our aid”

Meanwhile, the Rivers State House of Assembly has summoned the Chairman of Bonny Local Government Council, Rogers David, to appear before it and explain the cause of the deteriorating security situation in local government area.

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At time of filing this report the Rivers Police Command has not officially reacted to the invasion of the community.

Bonny Island is situated at the southern edge of

Rivers State in the Niger Delta of Nigeria near Port Harcourt.

Ferries are the main form of transport to and from the island. The local language spoken in Bonny Island and Bonny Town is Ibani, an eastern Ijaw dialect.

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