The operatives of the Nigerian Navy are making frantic efforts to locate the whereabouts of eight sailors recently abducted by unknown gunmen in Bayelsa State.
The sailors were reportedly abducted in the Atlantic Ocean, close to Brass waters in Brass Local Government Area of the state.
The victims, identified as employees of Tethys Nigeria Limited and Sylver Global Limited, were abducted on April 19, 2017, about 17 nautical miles, off Brass terminal.
The yet-to-be-identified gunmen were said to have forcibly boarded the vessel after firing several gunshots into the air to scare the sailors.
The victims were identified as Smart Kungborde, Isaiah Ebiewe, Christopher Wisben, Gabriel Enayon, Sylvester Ovwigho, Mathew Enegbuma and Kelly Shaka.
The abductors were said to have stolen all their valuables, hounded them into their speedboats and drove them to an unknown destination.
It was, however, learnt that troops of the Forward Operation Base, Fomoso, at Egweama in Brass had launched a manhunt for the abductors in order to free the hostages.
Navy authorities in the state kept mum on the matter following an indication that the affected vessel belonged to a powerful politician and retired ranking naval officer from the state.
But the politician with the companies was said to have established contacts with the gunmen and had gone far in negotiating for a ransom to free the abductors.
A senior security source, who did not want to be mentioned, confirmed the development and said the sailors were still being held hostage by the hoodlums.
Source: The PunchThe Punch