Nigerian police said on Friday they have rescued 28 fishermen kidnapped by sea pirates in the southern state of Akwa Ibom on Thursday.
The fishermen were rescued from a hideout of pirates following an intelligence report reaching the police, said Olatoye Durosinmi, the police chief in Akwa Ibom.
The victims were attacked at sea on Thursday evening by a five-man gang of pirates. “They seized the boat of the victims and put them where they could not come out,” Durosinmi said.
He said that the pirates always posed as fishermen to carry out their nefarious activities on unsuspecting fishermen and that the police will continue to ensure that the state’s land and water remain safe for the people.
Gunmen attacks have been frequently reported across the most populous country in Africa for years, resulting in deaths and kidnappings of civilians as well as security operatives.
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