By Jonathan Ugbal
Suspected militants have attacked a Calabar bound engine boat injuring one passenger in the process.
The boat left Oron, in Akwa Ibom State about an hour ago and was heading with about a dozen passengers to Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
One passenger was shot in the stomach and is said to be receiving treatment in a medical facility.
Sources said the militants attacked with a gunboat.
As at press time, it was unclear whether more boats will risk the journey.
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The waterway has been the fastest means of transportation between Cross River and Akwa Ibom States due to the bad nature of the Calabar – Itu road which is the only highway that links southern Cross River with other South – South states.
The fare hiked by nearly 75 percent to NGN2,000 for the 40 minutes trip when it became the preferred means of transportation.
And, after what seemed a hiatus, this may be a signal that the militants may have returned to the waterways after a major group, the Bakassi Strike Force was granted amnesty by the State government in 2018.
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