West Africa: Sea Robbery in Bayelsa

We have received a report that a passenger craft was attacked by armed robbers (often called ‘pirates’ locally, although legally this is not the case) in the Southern Ijaw region of Nigeria.

The incident took place on March 22nd at approximately 0700 LT, in position 04:46.2N-006:01E, when armed men in a speedboat attacked the passenger craft near Okpotuwari in Bayelsa State. The gunmen reportedly stole cash and personal belongings from the victims and although the report is confused, the robbers either took or disabled the passenger vessel, leaving its occupants stranded. The passengers then swam to a nearby jetty and the authorities were contacted.