The recent upsurge in violent crimes along the creeks and waterways of Bayelsa State, has again brought to the fore the deteriorating security situation in the riverside enclave of the state where armed men are holding sway.
While suspected sea pirates are terrorizing commuters along the creeks and waterways, armed men are also taking advantage of the parlous state of security in the far flung communities, many of which are not accessible by road except by water.
Only last week, the peace of Ekeni community in Southern Ijaw local government area of the state, was violated by armed men suspected to be sea pirates.
A woman, identified as Madam Rhoda WukaBrisibe, was reportedly shot dead in the orgy of violence unleashed on the community by the gunmen, who allegedly missed their target.
But a police source who pleaded anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the issue said, those who launched the attack on the community in which the woman was killed were gunmen and not sea pirates as being alleged in some quarters.
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