Culled from Krishna Reports
For most of Monday, January 11, 2021, Bonny Island went into lockdown as residents massed up at the Coal Beach to protest the incessant attacks on travelers along the Bonny – Port Harcourt sea route by daredevil sea pirates who rob, maim, kill or kidnap their victims.
According to the organizers, the peaceful protest tagged #EndSeaPiracy take off by 7am at the Coal Beach, from where they will march through the streets to the King Perekule Palace, close to Ikuba Square in the Madupolo precinct of the town.
From there the protesting party was to march through the Mission Road and then through Hospital Road to the Secretariat of the Bonny Local Government Council.
From information gleaned from posts on the Facebook walls of some of the agitators, the protesters will at both junctures present a 5 point demand to the Amanyanabo and Natural Ruler of Bonny Kingdom, His Majesty, King Edward William Dappa Pepple III, Con, Perekule XI, and the Chairman of Bonny Local Government Area, David Irimagha.
The five point demands include 1) Set up and maintain security house boats and gunboats with an ambulance at strategic points along the Port Harcourt-Bonny sea route. 2) The Federal Government, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the Rivers State Government should look into the Bonny Ring Road project to aid security in the island villages in Bonny and set up community surveillance team for our sea routes.
Others are 3) Ensure boats and all traveling facilities or equipment (life jacket, engine, etc.) are in good condition and adequate for operations. 4) Public profiling of all boat drivers and owners including those plying the village routes; and 5) Create a compensation fund for victims of sea piracy.
Some residents, who spoke to Kristina Reports say the protest has become necessary due to the incessant and unabating attacks on travelers on the Bonny-Port Harcourt sea route, noting that the recent on travelers returning to Bonny Town from Dema Abbey Community on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 was the height of terror being witnessed by the people of the area.
Marauding sea pirates attacked two boats ferrying passengers to Bonny on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at about 8pm, killing two – Macdonald Ibifubara Banigo and Kingsley Tamunodienye Allison – after flogging them mercilessly on the head with paddles and butchering their bodies with knives and other dangerous weapons, while ordering the rest into the chilling water to drown.
This was coming two days short of four months since the kidnap of five members of the community, Thompson Allison, Sunny Hart, Daniel Hart, Theophilus Ibiama, and Dagogo Jackmay by sea pirates at a funeral at Banigo Community on September 12, 2020.
This triggered a round of agitation among residents who vowed to protest the failure of the relevant authorities to checkmate the continued onslaught on the waterways around Bonny LGA by yet-to-be-identified hoodlums