From Christopher Tom, Uyo
Suspected pirates last weekend attacked an outboard engine boat ferrying passengers along Calabar-Oron water ways and shot dead two of the them and injured scores of others.
It was gathered that one of the travellers, who was shot on the belly was lying critically ill in an undisclosed hospital in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
A source which pleaded anonymity, told DAILY in Uyo that the suspected pirates came in another speed boat and opened fire on their victims, dispossessing them of their belongings, including cash.
The source decried incessant attacks on travellers along the water ways, which had witnessed serious traffic in recent times, following the deplorable condition of the Calabar-Itu highway.
“A lot of travellers now prefer to use the Calabar Oron water ways, because of the poor condition of Calabar-Itu highway, so we have been having series of attacks by sea pirates in recent times
“On Saturday they came again in a speed boat and attacked travellers traveling from Calabar, Cross River State to Oron Local government in Akwa Ibom State.Two of the passengers were shot while several others were injured. One of the travellers is in a critical condition in Calabar.
“We are worried about incessant attacks on innocent travellers along the water ways,So we are calling on the state government and the Commissioner of police Akwa Ibom State, to deploy more marine police to monitor the area,” the source said.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon, said he has not received any information concerning the incident but promised to call the marine police.
“As we speak I have not received any official information about the incident. However, I will contact the police to ascertain what happened,” he said