By The Parchment
A speedboat traveling along the Calabar channel was on Monday diverted by suspected pirates to an unknown destination.
The boat departed the Marina ‘Safe Journey’ Harbor in Calabar, and was heading for Oron, Akwa Ibom State when it was attacked. Sources told The Parchment that the boat had mot left the Cross River waterway
“The boat did not leave the Calabar River when the pirates ordered them to divert. We suspect that they have been taken to the creeks as we speak” reports the Parchment.
A naval rating is said to have been among the passengers.
“We have been calling the drivers phone number since morning. It is ringing but there is no response”
This paper also learnt that the suspected kidnappers are yet to establish contact with families of the victims
As at the time of filling this report, about five Naval gun boats are reportedly patrolling the waters in search of the victims and possible rescue.
One of the victims son in-law who did not want his name mentioned, told our reporter that he has been trying to reach his mother in-law since morning when the boat left Calabar without success. “We are worried. We hope that they will be rescued alive and well” he said.