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Anger In Bayelsa Community As Suspected Trawler‎ Shots Fisherman



There were signs of anger and outrage in Sagana and Akassa communities of Brass Local Government area of Bayelsa State following the shooting of a local fisherman by suspected armed pirates of fishing space.
The victim, who is identified as 30years old Ayebaeifin Gabriel was confirmed to be critically down and arrangement being made to transfer him to the emergency unit of the Federal Medical Centre in the Bayelsa capital.
The Incident, which occurred on Friday morning at about ‎7.30am, provoked anger among indigenes of Fish town.
The Chairman of the Community Development Committee, Barr. Ayibatonye Christopher, who confirmed the development to newsmen, said the anger in the community over the shooting has provoked anger and tension.
It was gathered that the incident has also opened old wounds among fishermen who had suffered years of attacks and fishing net damages from foreign trawlers fishing along the high seas of Brass area of Bayelsa.
According to the CDC Chairman, “The fisherman was shot by some unidentified men on a vessel identified simply as “IMO””

According to Barr. Christopher, ” the fishermen on Thursday night had set their nets.But when they got to the place on Friday morning, they saw the fishing trawler dragging the nts awaya. They went after the fishing trawler,waving to drop the nets with huge catches, but the occupants of the fishing trawler opened fire on them. The victim was shot in the head and he dropped into the waters.”

Also commenting on the development, the State Coordinator of the Environmental Right Action‎ and Friends of the Earth (ERA/FoE), Comrade Alagoa said “This shooting incident is not different from the reasons the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria [ERA/FoEN] had already put in public space. ”

“The fishing gears of the fisher folk was damaged/trolled by the trawler and when the victim tried to approach the trawler to lay complain; they opened fire…sending bullets to kill.”

“When Will The Authorities in Bayelsa State and Federal Government Act on this? Or, are they saying they haven’t heard of this disturbing issue since?”

‎It would be recalled that the Civil Liberties Organisation [CLO],Bayelsa State Brance and ERA/FoEN had jointly forwarded a petition with relevant documents to the National Assembly and, the matter has been presented on the floor of the House Representatives some months ago, “I must not fail to thank/commend Hon.Duoye Diri for his untiring efforts in such matters concerning the state.”