Operatives of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command have rescued 28 fishermen kidnapped by a five-man gang in Akwakpa, in the Uruan Local Government Area of the state.
The state Commissioner of Police, Olatoye Durosinmi disclosed this at the command headquarters, Ikot Akpanabia, while interacting with journalists in Uyo, the state capital.
The Commissioner said the fishermen were rescued with the aid of intelligence and added that as soon as he got the report he drafted the marine officers who were able to rescue the victims at the creeks, where they were held hostage for over eight hours.
He explained that the pirates always posed as fishermen to carry out their nefarious acts on unsuspecting fishermen.
According to him, “The 28 men and women you see here are the people rescued by police marine officers. The victims at about 1800hrs yesterday were attacked on the sea by a five-man gang of pirates. They seized their boat and put them where they will not come out.