Nigeria: Pirates shot dead headmaster, cart away teachers’ salary

By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa

Armed men suspected to be sea pirates have reportedly attacked a passenger boat along the Aleibiri-Tuomo waterway bordering Bayelsa and Delta , killing a headmaster and carting away teachers’ salaries  in Foutogbene community in Ekeremor council area of Bayelsa State.

The deceased man was identified as Weky Akparakazi. He was the head teacher of Community Primary School, Foutorugbene, Ekeremor Council Area.

A top management staff of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) who confirmed the report Thursday said the attack occurred on the 9th of November at about 9.45pm.

Among those who reportedly sustained machete cut in the attack was Mr. Daula Garuwa of Isampou community and a former Education Secretary of the Ekeremor Council Area.

The armed pirates were said to have attacked the boat and unleash mayhem on the passengers and dispossessed them of their cash and valuables including the teachers’ salary.

The injured passengers, it was learnt were pushed into the water by the bandits and the speedboat upturned after dismantling the outboard engine.

Some close associates of the deceased headmaster were shocked at the news of his untimely death.

“He was with us and visited some of his friends along the Imgbi road area. He came for the teachers salaries. He left and was in a good mood,” one of his friends lamented.

Contacted on the development, the spokesman of the State Police Command, Mr. Alex Akhigbe, said he was not aware of the incident as he was away on short leave then.


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