Gunmen operating along the creeks of the River Niger on Sunday afternoon, attacked a passenger boat conveying returning victims of the recent flood along the Orashi River in Biseni Community of Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Council Area, dispossessing them of over N.5 million and other valuables.
The attack, according to a Police source, was carried out by a five-man gang armed with sophisticated weapons.
It was also gathered that the gunmen, during their operation also made away with a 75 horsepower boat engine owned by the state government, which was provided as part of the government effort to assist in bringing back the victims to their home since the floods had started subsiding.
Also reportedly carted away by the armed men was another boat engine being conveyed for servicing at Mbiama area of Rivers State, while dispossessing both passengers and the boatmen off the sum of N.4 million.
It was gathered that the pirates commandeered the boat and took it into the creek to dispossess their victims.
However, a Secondary School Vice-Principal, who missed boarding the passenger boat by the whiskers, said the second boat she boarded ran into the victims of the armed attack.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the state Police Command, Mr. Felix Odunna, who confirmed the incident, also hinted that a special team of investigators to handle the manhunt for the killers of the two policemen shot dead last week along the Azikoro/Agbura road area of the state by unknown gunmen had been inaugurated.